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Citation Managers at UMass

Which tool is right for you?

The UMass Libraries support Refworks, Zotero, and Mendeley.  Which tool is right for you?

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.

Type

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.

Cost

Free if UMass community member.  UMass Libraries have a subscription.

This subscription extends continued access to RefWorks to alumni.

(Alumni should update their RefWorks account prior to graduation by selecting the Alumni option from the Profile/Role section of the Settings page.)

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.

$1.67/month 2 GB
$5.00/month 6 GB
$10.00/month unlimited storage

https://www.zotero.org/support/groups

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 5GB
$9.99/month 10GB
$14.99/month unlimited storage
File formats

Microsoft Office file formats

PDF

Microsoft Office

OpenOffice

LaTeX                                PDF &

JSON                                 MORE

Microsoft Office

OpenOffice

LaTeX

PDF

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.

Back-ups?

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.

Vendor help docs Refworks support

Zotero support

Mendeley support

Owner

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