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Use this table to decide which citation manager is right for you.
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014 URL: http://guides.lib.unc.edu/comparecitationmanagers Print Guide Email Alerts
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RefWorks

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RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is made available by UNC-Chapel Hill campus libraries for use by faculty, staff, students and alumni.

 

EndNote

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EndNote is bibliographic management software you purchase and load on your computer. Students, staff, and faculty can purchase EndNote at a discount through Student Stores. Faculty and Staff can purchase EndNote with departmental funds (if available) through ITS Software Acquisition.

 

Choosing Between RefWorks and EndNote

Both RefWorks and EndNote allow you to create a searchable database of reference citations.  So, which one is best?  Consider the following:

  • RefWorks is web-based and can be accessed from anywhere there is web access.  Multiple users can log into the same RefWorks account if you are all affiliated with UNC.  This access is free to all UNC-CH faculty, staff, currently enrolled students and alumni.
  • EndNote is installed on your computer or network.  EndNote Web, a component of EndNote, allows you to access your references when you are away from your computer.  The program is available for purchase from UNC Student Stores.  Some departments and schools make EndNote software available to their faculty and staff. 

Remember that you may move your references from EndNote to RefWorks and vice versa, so if you don't like one program you can always switch.

    See the below chart for an in depth comparison of RefWorks and EndNote.

         

        Comparing reference managers

        Click on the citation manager logos below to go to guides that provide specific information on and assistance with using that citation manager.

        HSL Guides to learn more Endnote RefWorks Mendeley Zotero
        Classes at the HSL See here See here See here See here
        Cost Under $100 through UNC-CH Free through UNC-CH Free to everyone Free to everyone
        How do you use it? Full - Your Computer
        Basic -Endnote Web
        Internet Full - Your computer
        Basic - Mendeley Web
        Full - Your computer
        Basic - Zotero Web
        Major citation styles? Endnote allows you to cite references while writing in all major citation styles using their Cite While You Write Microsoft Word add-on RefWorks allows you to cite references while writing in all major citation styles using their Write-N-Cite Microsoft Word add-on Mendeley allows you to cite references while writing in all major citation styles using their Microsoft Word add-on Zotero allows you to cite references while writing in all major citation styles using their Microsoft Word add-on
        Annotation of PDFs Endnote allows you to open up PDFs inside Endote and highlight, add comments, and add tags to those PDFs while you're reading them Refworks does not provide the ability to highlight, add comments, or add tags to PDFs. Refworks is intended to maintain a list of references rather than help you manage PDFs. Mendeley allows you to open up PDFs inside Mendeley and highlight, add comments, and add tags to those PDFs while you're reading them Zotero does not provide the ability to highlight PDFs, though you can add comments easily to citations stored in it and easily attach PDFs to citations so you can open those PDFs from the program.
        Locate articles using Find@UNC Links to our subscriptions With a slight change in your preferences, you can use Endnote to automatically pull PDFs using our subscriptions from citations added to your library
        (See instructions here)
        In your RefWorks account, a blue Find@UNC button will display beneath any citations in your library so you can easily access the PDF using our subscriptions Mendeley does not currently allow you to automatically pull PDFs from your citations using our databases. It is recommended that you download the PDF to add the citation to your library. Zotero does allow you to edit its preferences to pull PDFs using our subscriptions
        (See instructions here)
        Adds citation from a PDF Endnote will try to read the PDFs meta data to automatically generate a citation. This does not always work so you may have to do some manual editing of the citation after adding the PDF. RefWorks will try to read the PDFs meta data using the RefGrab-It bookmarklet to automatically generate a citation. This does not always work so you may have to do some manual editing of the citation after adding the PDF.
        See instructions here
        Mendeley will try to read the PDFs meta data to automatically generate a citation. This does not always work so you may have to do some manual editing of the citation after adding the PDF. Zotero will try to read the PDFs meta data to automatically generate a citation. This does not always work so you may have to do some manual editing of the citation after adding the PDF.
        Sharing options Email libraries to collaborators See group options here Setup a group
        (limited to 3 people for free)
        See group options here
        (groups use the creator's storage space)
        Free online storage 13,000+ papers 13,000+ papers 5,000+ papers
        (more space is costly)
        700+ papers
        (more space is inexpensive)
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