Resources for Nursing

This guide introduces nursing students to library and web resources available to help them with their research.

Citation Managers

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.


  • Zotero is a strong choice for users whose research content is diverse. Its single-click capture makes it easy to gather citation records for both PDF and non-PDF content, including websites, databases, catalogs and audio and video files. Zotero also allows users to enable the retrieval of PDF metadata to create citation records just from dragging a PDF into Zotero.
  • Zotero is social and allows users to create profiles and public and private groups. It's great for sharing and collaboration!
  • Zotero is free, open source, and cannot be acquired by a company, so if you want to retain access to your reference libraries even if you lose your University of Louisiana at Lafayette affiliation, choose Zotero or Mendeley.

See our Zotero guide for more information, including instructions on installing and using Zotero.


  • Mendeley is a strong choice for researchers whose primary research content is PDF files. It allows users to drag and drop PDFs into their libraries and extract the metadata to create a library. Users can also highlight and annotate PDFs and share them with others, as well as create collections of papers and share them via an RSS feed.
  • Mendeley is social and allows users to create profiles, follow other researchers, and create a network of people doing similar research. It also has a strong website and community platform.
  • Mendeley is owned and controlled by Elsevier, a for-profit academic publisher.
  • Mendeley's free version is limited to 2GB of web storage and 3 users per group, but users can purchase premium plans to upgrade storage space, users and shared groups.

  • EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) allows users to easily collect citation information from a wide variety of online sources including databases, catalogs and PDFs.
  • Users can share references with other EndNote Online users to simplify collaboration, and the "cite while you write" plug-in allows users to insert references and format citations and bibliographies instantly in Microsoft Word.
  • Reference storage is unlimited. The total amount of space available for file attachments in EndNote Online is 2GB.

Note:

  • Users who want a free citation management option should choose Zotero or Mendeley .
  • EndNote Online is available to University of Louisiana at Lafayette affiliated users via Web of Science, or users can pay for an individual subscription.

Comparison Chart

 
Zotero
Mendeley
EndNote Online Premium
Cost
Free up to 300 MB / $20 for 2 GB / $60 for 6 GB
Not free: Available to University of Louisiana at Lafayette affiliated padivons widiv 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 odiver documents
Yes
Yes
Yes
Annotate / highlight PDFs
No
Yes
Yes
Selective syncing of documents
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tagging
Yes (widiv color tagging)
Yes
Yes (keywords)
Full text searching across PDFs
Yes: not enabled by default
Yes
Yes
Private groups
Yes
Yes
Yes
Public groups
Yes
Yes
No
Community network
Yes
Yes
No
Mobile app
Yes: iOS and Android
Yes: iOS and Android
Yes: iOS

License / Acknowledgment

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"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.