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UMass Amherst Libraries

Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Library and other info sources for Vet & Animal Science students, staff and faculty.

Which tool is right for you?

The UMass Libraries support Refworks, Zotero, and Mendeley.  Which tool is right for you?
*Our RefWorks subscription will end in May of 2021.  Please keep that in mind when choosing a citation management tool.*

Tool: Refworks Zotero Mendeley
Best if...

You plan to store a lot of citations or PDFs online: the UMass subscription account takes advantage of UMass campus storage license.

You want to use the Google Docs plugin for collaboration with co-authors.

You are citing a variety of formats, including web pages: the browser plugin is very adept at detecting source information on the page.

You want to use the Google Docs plugin for collaboration with co-authors.

You are working with a lot of PDFs: the drag & drop function for PDF files is the best of the three at scraping metadata from PDFs and finding the rest online.

You want to share PDFs with collaborators: built in PDF reader enables easy annotation and sharing.


Web-only program.

Browser toolbar app to add sources available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.  

Must have java enabled.

Web and desktop components, synced.

Browser add-on to add sources (Zotero Connector) for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.  

Web and desktop components, synced.

Browser plugin to add sources (Mendeley Web Importer) for Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge 16 + 17, Firefox 61 + 62, Chrome 68 + 69, Safari 11 + 12

JavaScript and cookies must be enabled.


Free if UMass community member.  UMass Libraries have a subscription, but it will end in May 2021.

Unlimited storage provided by UMass Library subscription.

Free 300 MB personal storage; counts citation files and PDFs saved online.

Members of Zotero groups can also use Zotero Storage at no additional charge. Group file storage always draws from the storage account of the group owner.

$20/year 2 GB
$60/year 6 GB
$120.00/year unlimited storage

Free 2GB personal storage for personal documents; counts citation files and PDFs saved online.

Purchase more personal storage by upgrading your account.

$4.99/month or $55/yr 5GB
$9.99/month or $110/yr 10GB
$14.99/month or $165/yr unlimited storage

Share with colleagues?

Share folders by email invitation.

To share, must create a Group.

Choose Public anyone may view or join, Public to view but invitation only to join, or Private, invitation only to join or view.
Invite Group members by email.
Limits to number of members and file storage amount in free account.
Same as Zotero.
Move library to another tool? Yes Yes Yes
Word processing software integration?

- Word

- Google Docs


- Word

- Apache LibreOffice

- Google Docs

Third Party plugins available for  LaTeX, TeX, and Plain Text editors
See website for other options.

- Word

- OpenOffice

- Apache LibreOffice

- BibTeX


See website for other options.


Web-only account: has internal backup to RefWorks servers.

Use the Share tool to export all references to RIS format.  

Backup file to external hard drive recommended: see step-by-step directions


Sync cloud storage serves as backup.

May also create backup file with built-in backup tool.

Mobile site or app? Browser based, device agnostic; use online. Mobile app available.

Browser based, device agnostic; use online.

Library Contact Ellen Lutz Melanie Radik
Anne Graham
Anne Graham
Rebecca Reznik-Zellan
Vendor help docs Refworks support

Zotero support

Mendeley support


Proquest Open source project of the Corporation for Digital Scholarship and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media Elsevier


Writing in science

Books on scientific writing in our collection: (links go to the UMass Amherst library catalog)

Writing in Biology : a brief guide, Leslie Ann Roldan, Mary-Lou Pardue - 2016
UM Science QH304 .R65 2016 (not Reference)

Mastering scientific and medical writing: a self-help guide, Silvia M. Rogers - 2014
Link above goes to the library record for the e-book
We also have a paper copy of an older edition:
UM Science  Reference T11 .R64 2007

A short guide to writing about biology, 8th ed, [2013] - Jan A. Pechenik, Pearson
UM Science QH304 .P43 2013 (not Reference)

Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded, Joshua Schimel, Oxford U Press, 2012.
Link above goes to the library record for the e-book

Scientific method for ecological research, 2000 - E. David Ford
Link above goes to the library record for the e-book
We also have paper copies: UM Science QH541.2 .F66 2000, and at Hampshire College.

Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishersby the Style Manual Committee, Council of Biology Editors
UM Science 
 Reference T11 .S386 2014

See also the website Council of Science Editors (formerly Council of Biology Editors) Citation Guide, a quick reference for citation styles. RefWorks includes these styles too.

Web links:

Planning Your Scientific Research Paper, 2004 - Jon A. Gibson, Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Pertinent, detailed advice for
researchers in his field, but useful for all scientists.