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Managing your references: Comparison Tables

Pros and Cons

 
RefWorks
EndNote
EndNote online
Zotero
Mendeley
Wizdom.ai          
 Papers                     

Pros

This information refers to New RefWorks - click here for further information.

Large number of citation styles

Bodleian Libraries  subscription provides free access for University members including alumni

Access your library from any computer with an internet connection

Supports MS Word and Google Docs

Copes well with a very large library

iPad App

Large number of citation styles

Journal abbreviation recognition

Word Processor plug in compatible with MS Word, Apache OpenOffice and Pages

Works very well with Web of Science / Web of Knowledge

iPad/iPhone/Android apps

Useful tools for creating references from websites

Extend functionality using plug-ins.

iPad/iPhone/Android apps

Social networking

Collaborative pdf annotation / notes


Mendeley papers catalogue

iPhone/Android apps

Simple interface

Import references from PDF, RIS, BibTex or other reference management software

Web and desktop interface

 

 

PDF annotation

Social network 

iPad/iPhone apps

Large number of citation styles              

Cons

Very limited offline access

Not compatible with Libre/Open Office

Not compatible with Linux

Need to purchase the software

Word processor plug-in not compatible with Linux


Limited citation styles and storage

Limited free storage space (300 MB)

Syncing of desktop application to web account NOT automatic

Limited free storage space (2 GB)

Limited free personal storage space (2 GB) and maximum of 5000 references

Basic citation tool which does not support adding page numbers to in-text citations

Need to purchase the software

Not compatible with Linux

 

October 2018

Features

 
RefWorks
EndNote
EndNote online
Zotero
Mendeley
Wizdom.ai
 Papers               

Availability

This information refers to New RefWorks - click here for further information.

Web-based

Free via university subscription (including alumni)

Desktop

Version x8 available to buy through IT Services for your personal PC or mac

iPad App available on iTunes store.

Web-based

Free via university subscription

Web browser extension, desktop and mobile app.

Freely available 

Web, desktop and mobile app.

Freely available

Web, desktop and mobile app.

Freely available

Web, desktop and mobile app.

Costs 59/34 (student discount) Mobile app available for free on iTunes store

30 day free trial available

Word processor compatibility

 MS Word

Google Docs

 

MS Word

Apache OpenOffice

Pages

MS Word

Apache OpenOffice

 

MS Word

OpenOffice/LibreOffice

Google Docs

MS Word

LibreOffice

 

MS Word

Open Office/
Libre Office

 

 MS Word

OpenOffice/ LibreOffice

Pages

Captures from pdf documents and webpages?

Yes ('Save To Refworks' browser plugin available in the 'Tools' section)

Yes (webpages require download of plug in)

Yes ('Capture Reference' tool)

To install it, open EndNote online, go to 'Download' and click on 'Capture Reference')

 

Yes

Yes

Yes - Can import from folder of pdfs

Yes (browser plugin)

 Yes

Captures webpage snapshots?

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

 Yes

Citation / bibliography styles

Click here for list

New styles can also be created.

 

Click here for list

3,300+

 

Click here for list

 

Search a list of available styles

1,000+

 1,600+

Citation styles

Sharing / collaboration

Share references with groups

Share references with groups

Features

Share references with groups

Shared Groups

 

Share references with groups

Groups

Share references and notes with groups

Academic social network

Collaboration

Share references and notes with groups

Papers Online - Shared Collections

Collaborate with peers

Share papers

October 2018