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Biology: Citation Software

Use this guide as your first stop to finding and using the Biology resources and services of the UC San Diego Library.

Bibliographic software

The Library primarily supports the following bibliographic software.

Which software do you use?

Do you already use bibliographic software? If yes, which one do you prefer?

Which software do you use?
EndNote: 3 votes (33.33%)
Mendeley: 2 votes (22.22%)
Zotero: 2 votes (22.22%)
Wizfolio: 1 votes (11.11%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Other: 1 votes (11.11%)
Total Votes: 9

Comparison of Software






  • Wizfolio
  • Web components of Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero


Can be faster to manage your library if you use it frequently

Speed depends on Internet connection, third-party server


Storage space for attached articles limited only by the size of your hard drive space

Storage space for attached articles usually limited, can cost extra for additional storage



  • EndNote: $110-200 (through the UCSD bookstore); $79 for download
  • Mendeley: free ($ for extra web storage)
  • Zotero: free ($ for extra web storage)


  • Wizfolio:  $25/yr for a typical account (free is very basic)
  • Mendeley, Zotero Web versions free for basic use. You could use these by themselves without the desktop component.



More or less tied to computer on which software is installed.

Web versions can help you access database remotely, but can lack functionality of desktop version.

Will work on a computer without Internet (assuming you use local storage)

Access anywhere you have Web access.

Internet access is required.

Word integration



Collaborating (sharing privately)

EndNote: you can place your library into shared space.  Cannot both edit at same time.

MendeleyZotero: groups are enabled through web version

Sharing publicly

Through Web versions