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Citation Tools

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Comparison of Citation Tools

Citation tools are applications that help you organize your research. You can import and manage citations for books, articles, and other resources and create bibliographies for research papers.

Endnote Basic RefWorks Freemium Zotero

Cost

Basic web version is free, desktop version called X9 is $115 for students.

Cost

Freemium version included in library subscription to QuickSearch.

Cost

Free and open source.

Usage

Web application suitable for basic research papers.

Purchase desktop application for advanced projects, theses, or dissertations.

Usage

Web application suitable for basic research papers.

Not suitable for advanced projects, theses, or dissertations.

Usage

Desktop application with some web features.

Suitable for any research project.

Citations

Supports many citation formats, manually adding citations, importing citations from a file, exporting citations to a file, organizing citations, and sharing citations.

Citations

Supports many citation formats, manually adding citations, exporting citations to a file, organizing citations, and sharing citations.

Does NOT support importing citations from a file.

 

Citations

Supports many citation formats, manually adding citations, importing citations from a file, exporting citations to a file, organizing citations, and sharing citations.

Library integration

Citations from QuickSearch and other library databases must first be exported to a file then imported.

Library integration

Items saved to QuickSearch folder automatically added to RefWorks.

Many library databases support direct export of citations to RefWorks.

Library integration

Citations from QuickSearch and other library databases must first be exported to a file then imported.

Plugins

Citation capture plugin for major web browsers. Integration plugin for MS Word.

Plugins

No browser or word processing plugins.

Plugins

Citation capture plugin for major web browsers. Integration plugin for MS Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.

Portability

Can continue to use after you leave UAA.

Portability

Available only to current UAA students, faculty, and staff.

Before leaving UAA, export citations for import into Endnote or Zotero.

Portability

Can continue to use after you leave UAA.

 

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