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Citation Tools: Comparison

Comparison of Zotero and Mendeley





Add citations (and sometimes also attached articles and page snapshots) from the Web, library catalogs and databases at the click of a button.

iPhone/Android apps

Nested folders

Free access independent of the library (you can use it forever)

Collaborative PDF annotation

iPhone/iPad interface

Social networking


Free access independent of the library (you can use it forever)


Not compatible with Internet Explorer

The desktop application is still in Beta, so it still works best with Firefox

The web bookmarklet doesn't always work for pulling in citations for database content

Who can use it?



How do I access it?


Web extension for Firefox, desktop program if you use other browsers (with connections to Safari and Chrome)

Desktop program with browser bookmarklet

Can I attach articles to my references?

Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPT, etc.)

Yes (PDF, Word doc, PPt, etc.)

Can I use it to cite sources in my document?

Yes (plugins for Word and Open Office)

Yes (plugins for Word and Open Office)

Can I capture citation info from PDFs and Web pages?


Yes (Web importer)

Captures web page snapshots?


Yes (Web importer)


Share references with groups


Share references and notes with groups

Academic social network

Search across papers?




Notes in the record, highlighting and annotation of web snapshots

Highlighting and annotation of PDF documents

Free web storage space for records and attached documents?

1GB web storage (for-pay options for additional storage)

100 MB web storage (for-pay options for additional storage)


Content on this page was adapted/borrowed from Kim Glover at the University of Kansas.

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