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Bibliographic Referencing Software

Comparison of referencing software

EndNote X9

Mendeley

Zotero

Cost

Macquarie University pays. There is no cost to individual staff and students whilst at MQU. For non MQ member, basic online version is free. (costs for upgraded storage apply)

Macquarie University pays. There is no cost to individual staff and students whilst at MQU. For non MQ member, basic version is free. (costs for upgraded storage apply)

Free. (Costs for upgraded storage apply)

Desktop or Web

Desktop & web components

Cross-platform library syncing across desktop, online, and iPad.

Desktop & web components

Mendeley can be accessed on any computer through the desktop client, web browser, or using mobile app. Library is backed up in the cloud, sync is always available. 

Desktop & web components

Desktop (can be synced on Zotero server)

Referencing styles

6000+ styles

6000+ styles

9000+ styles

Direct export

From 50+ databases (including MultiSearch)

From 50+ databases (including MultiSearch)

100s of web resources

Word processing integration

MS Word and LaTeX using BibTeX files

MS Word, LibreOffice, Google docs and LaTeX using BibTeX

MS Word, Open Office and Google docs

Edit citation styles

Yes, also request new styles from EndNote

Yes, also request new styles from Mendeley or create with CSL Editor

Yes, also request new styles from Zotero or create with CSL Editor

Import from RSS feeds

No

Yes

Can use RSS feeds between Zotero libraries

Storage

Only restricted by local storage capacity. Unlimited reference and attachment storage.

Desktop version is only restricted by local storage capacity. Online version is 100GB personal and 100GB shared library

Unlimited citations, 300MB of attachments for free

Removes duplicates

Easy to identify and remove duplicates

Easy to identify and remove duplicates

Hard to remove duplicates

Sharing

Full library sharing  with 100 users

Yes

Yes

Weaknesses

Patches and updates must be reinstalled. Sometimes difficult to customise

Patches and updates must be reinstalled for desktop version. Web version requires internet connection

Need to check data quality after importing. 

Overall strengths

Largest number of styles to choose from. Good for large, complex reports

Social networking and collaborative aspects. Can easily share list with other users. Can index PDF files and harvest metadata

Simple design, easy to learn. Can easily share list with other users. Can index PDF files and harvest metadata

 

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