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Citation Managers

An overview and comparison of different citation managers, including EndNote Web, Zotero, Mendeley, and EasyBib.

Which one do I use?

Need help deciding which citation tool to use?  The following table compares a number of excellent citation tools free to Eckerd students, faculty, and staff.  Choose the one that best fits your needs.

This is just a small subset of citation managers.  If you want to see the many, many other citation managers available out there, see this Wikipedia article.

NOTE: Automatic citation generators are a good place to get your citations properly formatted, but they are not always perfect.  Always review your citations to make sure they are consistent with recommended formats for your style.


  OneSearch EndNote Web Zotero Mendeley
Cost Free to Eckerd community  Free to Eckerd community Free to all Free to all

Access online at OneSearch website and login with your Eckerd email acccount


Access online at:

First time users need to create a new account.

Go to Zotero and download browser plugin OR standalone version for free.

Create a new account to store data.  Paid version gives you more storage.

Mendeley is online or as standalone software.

Create a new account to store data.  Paid version gives you more storage.

Installation no installation required some installation required requires installation requires installation
Browser requirements Any Any Firefox add-on OR standalone version Web or standalone version
Access from any computer with Internet access? Yes Yes Better if setup from your own personal computer - can sync across computers Yes, using web version
Import data from library databases? OneSearch only Yes Yes Not yet
Import data from websites? No Yes Yes Yes
Manually enter data? No Yes Yes Yes
Word processing integration? No Microsoft Word Word, OpenOffice Microsoft Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX
Annotate PDFs? No No No Yes
Share references? Only via email Yes See options here Yes - limit 3 people with free version
Operating system PC or Mac PC or Mac PC or Mac PC or Mac
Mobile or tablet apps? Yes iOS iOS and Android iOS and Android
File/PDF storage? no file storage 5 GB 300 MB 1 GB