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Citation Management Software

Quick overview of a variety of options for managing your citaitons.

Citation Managers

Citation managers help you gather and store references. They can also help you cite sources when writing a paper.

This guide provides a brief overview of several citatation mangement software programs. The guide is currently a work in progress, but each page includes links to additional resources.

Free options:



Paid options:

EndNote ($115 for students; $250 regular price)


Choosing a Citation Manager

It works best to choose one citation manager and to use it consistently. Which is right for you? The comparison chart below can help you decide.

Things to consider include:

  • Cost
  • Your workflow
    • (Do you use one or multiple computers?
    • Do you need to work without an Internet connection?
    • Are you doing a group project that involves sharing with others? 
EndNote WebMendeleyZoteroEndNote
Cost Free to UWG students and faculty Free to everyone (cost for upgraded storage) Free to everyone (cost for upgraded storage) Student price: $115
Regular price: $225
Access Citations Remotely Yes Yes Yes Sync with EndNote Web
Free Web Storage Space 10 KB for reference
No file attachments
1 GB 100 MB 50 KB for references
5 GB for file attachments
Citation Styles Citation styles Citation styles Citation styles
PDF Markup / Annotation Yes No
Citation Plug-Ins for Word & Open Office Yes Yes Yes Yes
Groups for Sharing Citations Private & Public Private & Public Private
Operating Systems Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac
Compatible With: Windows: Word 2003, 2007, 2010
Mac: Word 2008, 2011
OpenOffice 3.2
Windows: Word 2010, 2007, 2003; Writer 3; Wolfram Mathmatica 8
Mac: Word 2011, 2008; Apple Pages '09
Additional Notes EndNote users get access to a free 2-year subscription to EndNote Web with Advanced Features