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Citation Guide

Citation Management Software

What is Citation Management Software?

Citation management software, also known as reference management software, allows you to:

  • Store and access your references through a web account, desktop client, or mobile app 
  • Add notes and highlight your references as you read.
  • Cite as you write your paper and create bibliographies.
  • Share your references with colleagues and annotate them together.

Compare & Choose

Features
Mendeley
Zotero
Academic Writer
Create a Free Account
Windows; Mac; Linux
Windows; Mac; Linux
Web-based
Storage Space
2 GB
300 MB
Unknown
Access/Cost
Free - more storage for a fee
Free - more storage for a fee
Free- MHC Login required
Videos & Tutorials
2-5 minutes
8-minutes
2 -35 minutes
Word Processor
Integration
MS Word (Windows & Mac)
MS Word (Windows & Partial Mac)
Google Docs
Web-based
Exporting References
Tutorials
EBSCO (Video)
Proquest (Video)
EBSCO (Text)
Proquest (Text)
Importing References
(PDF)
Availability
Web, desktop, and mobile app
Web, desktop, and web-mobile
Web only
Pros
Large social component - can find other researchers in same field Good at pulling metadata metadata from web pages; PDFs import automatically Integration with PsycINFO
Cons
Syncing of desktop application to web account NOT automatic Annotate PDFs only though 3rd party software

Supports only APA Style citations