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Citation Management Software: Home

A guide to the commonly used citation - or reference - management software available to the U-Idaho community.

Software Comparison

If you have any questions about using these systems, please contact the U-Idaho Library Reference Desk.






Thomson Reuters/ISI (US) Center for History and New Media/George Mason University Mendeley Ltd. (UK)


Endnote: and/or Endnote Web:

Desktop version - can be purchased at U-Idaho Vandalstore

Web version - free to U-Idaho

Free as Firefox-based plugin or

Zotero Standalone desktop application with plugins for Chrome and Safari

Free for use/basic storage (more storage available for fees)
Word Processor Integration MS Word MS Word and Open Office MS Word and Open Office
Attach files (PDF) to references

Desktop - Yes

Web - No
(Yes if you have also purchased Endnote X6)

Yes Yes
Extract metadata from a PDF

Older versions: Yes - if connected to Internet

Endnote X6: Yes

Yes - if connected to internet Yes
Citing from Web Yes - install bookmark Yes Yes - install bookmark
Sharing w/ Colleagues Endnote Web only Yes Yes
Storage Options Endnote Web + computer (local); if you purchase Endnote X6, up to 5GB. 100MB (web) + computer (local) 500MB(web) + computer (local)
Duplicates Removal Yes No Yes
Direct Export from databases Yes; e.g. Web of Science "endnote" link Yes; e.g. Web of Science "other" link Yes; e.g. Web of Science "bibTex" link
Transfer libraries Yes - use .ris, .bib or Endnote XML Yes - use .ris or .bib Yes - use .ris or .bib
Learning Curve Moderate Easiest Easy
Call Email Text Meet