Citation tools help you keep track of PDFs, citations and bibliographies during the course of your research projects. Many citation managers share some common features, so choosing one can be a bit confusing. Ask a Dupré librarian for help, or talk to researchers in your field to find out what they use and recommend.
See our Zotero guide for more information, including instructions on installing and using Zotero:
|Zotero||Mendeley||EndNote Online Premium|
|Cost||Free up to 300 MB / $20 for 2 GB / $60 for 6 GB||Free||Not free: Available to UL Lafayette affiliated patrons with CLID and password via Web of Science|
|Access||Firefox add on or standalone||Desktop application; web-based application||Web-based application|
|Cross-platform||Yes: Windows, OS X, and Linux||Yes: Windows, OS X, and Linux||Yes: Windows and OS X (use EndNote Online link at top of page)|
|Organize PDFs and other documents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Annotate / highlight PDFs||No||Yes||Yes|
|Selective syncing of documents||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tagging||Yes (with color tagging)||Yes||Yes (keywords)|
|Full text searching across PDFs||Yes: not enabled by default||Yes||Yes|
|Mobile app||Yes: iOS and Android||Yes: iOS and Android||Yes: iOS|
"Comparing Citation Managers" is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Content in this guide was adapted with permission from How to Choose: Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote by Melissa Vetter at Washington University Libraries and from the "Mendeley Basics" guide from the University of Michigan Library, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.