A useful discussion has started around which citation managers a bunny might use. Two important free citation managers are Mendeley and Zotero. There is video from Portland State
Eli is invested in EndNote, which has the huge disadvantage that costs $$. Many, Martin Vermeer, for example is invested into BibTeX/LaTeX which although free, has a significant learning curve, so it looks like these two are the best free choices. Several libraries have nice tables about picking a citation manager. Eli really likes the one from the University of Washington
|If you need to ...||Use:||Why:|
|… work from multiple computers or locations.||Zotero
|Zotero saves your citation library to your local computer, but syncs with multiple computers so you can work from home, work, or school.
RefWorks is web-based which means that you can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
|… work without an Internet connection.||Zotero
|Zotero, Mendeley desktop and EndNote store your citation libraries locally on your computer.|
|… archive web pages and import citations from sites such as Amazon and Flickr.||Zotero
|Zotero and Mendeley allow you to easily save snapshots of web pages and annotate them within your citation library. It is a great tool for scraping citation information from web-based publications and some commercial and social networking sites.|
|… work on a group project or share my citations with others.||Zotero
|Both RefWorks and Zotero allow you to share your citations through shared folders. With Zotero, you can give individuals or groups permissions to add and edit the citations in the shared folder. With RefWorks, you can also set up a shared group account for collaborating on group projects.|
|… work on a mobile device||Mendeley
|Mendeley offers a mobile app for iPhones and iPads; Zotero has several 3rd-party mobile apps available.
RefWorks and EndnoteBasic offer mobile-optimized sites that work with any web-connected phone or PDA.
and here is the comparison of properties (bunnies may have to hit CNTL/Apple - to shrink this to fit the screen or just go to the University of Washington Library site)
|Web based?||No, this is a desktop product. Can transfer library to EndNote Web||Yes. Also available as Mendeley Desktop, which can sync with online account.||Yes||Yes, lives in browser (Firefox plugin, or Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari through Zotero Standalone). Can sync with online account but web library not editable|
|Must be online?||No||No||Yes||No|
|Mobile capability||Native app for iPad, currently costs $$.||Native app for iPhone and iPad, or check yourMendeley library on your mobile device's web browser.||No app, but mobile-optimized site||3rd-party apps available (www.zotero.org/support/mobile), or check your Zotero collection on your mobile device's web browser.|
|Cost||$$. Available for purchase at the University Bookstore at a discounted rate (UW students, faculty, and staff only).||Free||Free to UW users (Libraries pays the subscription costs)||Free|
|Word-processor compatibility||MS Office, Open Office, iWork Pages||MS Word, Open Office, LaTeX||MS Word with Write-N-Cite, any other word processing program using One Line/Cite View option||MS Word, Open Office, Google Docs|
|Import from databases||Direct export from specific databases||Yes, with Mendeley Import browser plugin.||Direct export from specific databases||Yes|
|Import citation info from web pages||No||Yes, with Mendeley Import browser plugin. Also archives the page and allows annotations.||Yes, with RefGrab-It plugin||Yes. Also archives the page and allows annotations|
|Storage capacity||Unlimited local storage||Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 1 GB free Mendeley web space (larger plans available for purchase)||Default limit is 100MB per user, can be increased to 5GB; limit of 20MB per attachment||Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 100MB free Zotero web space (larger plans available for purchase)|
|Attach associated files (PDFs, etc.)||Yes||Yes, and can annotate||Yes (limited)||Yes, with option to attach automatically|
|Search full text of PDFs||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Create group or shared libraries||No||Yes. Costs for private groups (1 3-member private group free).||Yes, but other users cannot add more references||Yes|
|Create bibliography w/ different styles||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Other features||Insert figures and charts using word processor integration||Sync library w/multiple computers
Use tags to organize/search
|Access for web-connected mobile devices||Sync library w/multiple computers
Use tags to organize/search