Referencing and Citing

An update for Mendeley users!

Mendeley Web Library has been updated and is now called Mendeley Reference Manager, effective from 7th Sept 2020. Mendeley Desktop remains available for use. See here for details.

Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote: A comparison

 

Criteria Zotero Mendeley Endnote
Website https://www.zotero.org/ https://www.mendeley.com/ https://endnote.com/
Operating System Windows, Linux or Mac

Windows, Linux or Mac

Windows or Mac
Web/cloud-based Yes, works with Firefox and Chrome, can sync with the online account, and Safari connector available Yes, works with Firefox and Chrome, can sync with the online account, and Safari connector available No, but can transfer library to EndNote Online
Desktop version Yes (Since 2018) Yes Yes
Cost Free for a basic account, some cost for more online storage Free for a basic account, some cost for more online storage Institution buys the license, staff/student download for free (Unitec subscription ended Oct 2020)
Word-processor compatibility MS Word, Office 365, Google Docs MS Word, Office 365, LaTex MS Word, Office 365
Number of citation styles 16 pre-loaded, thousands available for download from Zotero Over 1180 Top 100 downloaded, over 4000 more available
Import from databases Yes Yes Yes
Import citation from web pages Yes, can also add the snapshot and specify folder Yes, can also specify folder

only with EndNote Online bookmarklet

Storage capacity 300 MB free storage (larger storage plans available for purchase) 2GB free storage (larger storage plans available for purchase)

Unlimited local storage

Attach associated files (PDFs, etc.) Yes, with the option to attach automatically Yes, and can highlight & annotate PDFs

Yes, and can highlight & annotate PDFs

Search full text of PDFs Yes Yes

Yes

Duplicate detection Yes Yes

Yes

Create group or shared libraries Yes Yes, free for up to 5 group members (larger group plans available for purchase)

Yes, with up to 100 people and includes attachments and PDFs

Create a bibliography with different styles Yes Yes

Yes

Automatic citation extraction from PDFs Yes Yes

Yes

Other features

Sync library with multiple computers.

Use tags to organize/search.

Sync library with multiple computers.

Sync with Zotero library

Insert figures and charts using word processor integration.