Compare EndNote, Sciwheel, Mendeley, Zotero: At a Glance
Reference Citation Managers
EndNote, Sciwheel, Mendeley, and Zotero are tools that serve the same purpose. They all allow you to create a database of references that you can use to keep track of your reading and to create references when you write. So how do you choose which one to use?
Comparing reference managers
|HSL Online Guides||EndNote||Mendeley||Zotero||Sciwheel (formerly F1000Workspace)|
|Classes at HSL||EndNote Classes||Mendeley Classes||Sciwheel Classes|
|Cost||Under $100 through UNC-CH
||Zotero is free||Free through UNC-CH|
|Notes||See EndNote Basic/Online guide for further details on the free online version||Use this link to create account. Select No, I'm a new user then select password.|
|How is it used?||Computer
|Major citation styles?|
|Annotation of PDFs|
|Locate full-text using UNC-CH subscriptions||
Instructions for EndNote
Instructions for Zotero
Instructions for Sciwheel
|Adds citation from a PDF|
|Sharing options||X7 and above users have sharing options / email compressed libraries||UNC-CH members have unlimited groups||See group options here
||Share unlimited projects and manuscripts|
|Free online storage||X7 and above: unlimited||5,000+ papers
(UNC-CH members have more space)
(more space can be purchased)
|Word Processor||Microsoft Word||Microsoft Word
Manuscripts for Mac
How to Choose: Balance Your Priorities
Basically, think about your needs and decide on your priorities. Possible priorities:
- Cost: There is no cost to start using EndNote Basic, Sciwheel, Mendeley, or Zotero.
- Working without internet access: You can use the references stored in EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero without being connected to the Internet. This feature is coming soon from Sciwheel.
- Storing PDFs: EndNote, Sciwheel, Mendeley, or Zotero allow you to integrate downloaded PDFs with your reference database. EndNote will search for available full-text when you are on campus and this is a very quick way to download and organize the full-text of multiple recent references.
- Working with a team: If you are joining an established team that has already chosen a particular reference management tool, it is a good idea to learn to use that tool. If you are just forming a team, look at the sharing features in Sciwheel, Mendeley, and Zotero.
- Systematic Reviews: HSL librarians prefer EndNote Desktop or Sciwheel for systematic reviews. Both allow ingestion of large result files from multiple databases and provide deduplication options.
Remember that you may move your references between programs, so if you don't like one program you can always switch.
How to Choose: Compare Features
See the PDF below for a more detailed comparison of EndNote Basic, EndNote Desktop + Basic, F1000 Workspace, and Mendeley, including application to four use cases (Public Health Graduate Students, Medical Residents, Research Lab Team, Systematic Review Team)
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