Keep Track of Your Research

Reference or citation management software programs allow you to save citations from databases, organize and format them and create bibliographies of these references using specific style formats. There are several options available; however, the two most popular include Zotero and EndNote (desktop version).  Not sure which program is best for you?  Evaluate the various programs using comparison charts from University of Washington and MIT.  Start organizing your research today!


ZOTERO

Pros:

  • Free to use on your own computer (up to 100MB)
  • Very easy to use
    • One click upload of articles from all article databases
    • One click to save citation and snapshot of a web page
  • Synchronizes collections among multiple computers & backs up data.
  • You can make PDFs searchable by choosing to index them in the preferences menu.
  • Works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.
  • Word processor plug-in compatible with Word and OpenOffice.
  • Can create ‘Group’ libraries so you can share your collection with collaborators.

Cons:

  • Sharing folders of citations and synchronizing your citations on multiple computers may exceed the free 100MB storage limit (only $20 a year for1G of additional storage though).
  • Strongly suggest you manually backup due to it being a (mostly) free service and not guaranteed.

Notes:

  • Visit the Zotero website for more detailed information.
  • Easy to backup to EndNote Web, or can backup to USB drive, etc.
  • Add output styles to your list from http://www.zotero.org/styles
  • Can export in BibTeX format

ENDNOTE 

Pros:

  • Free while a student, faculty or staff at NUS/Yale-NUS
  • Desktop software, no need to rely on Internet connections
  • Unlimited local storage (on your computer)
  • Word processor plug-in compatible with Word, OpenOffice and Pages
  • Instantly portable: easy access from any computer (files stored on web server) using any web browser
  • One click upload of citations from Web of Science, Biosis and Inspec

Cons:

  • Not able to share citations (unless you use EndNote Web – which isn’t as robust as the desktop program.  To access ENW, select link in menu bar of Web of Science)
  • Not compatible with Linux
  • Less easy to import citations than with Zotero:
    • Most article databases (except WOS, Biosis & Inspec) require download to desktop before can upload to ENW
    • Each article database has slightly different download requirements to be able to upload into ENW
    • Check here for tips on importing citations into EndNote Web.

Notes:

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