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BIEB 121: Ecology Laboratory: Bibliographic Software

This guide supports the BIEB 121 course at UC San Diego.

Bibliographic software

The UC San Diego Library primarily supports the following bibliographic software programs. We offer workshops and consultations. Or contact me directly.

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 (60%)
RefWorks: 1 votes (20%)
Mendeley: 1 votes (20%)
Zotero: 0 votes (0%)
Wizfolio: 0 votes (0%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 5

Comparison of Software







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)


  • EndNote Basic, web version, free to you
  • 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.

Mendeley, Zotero: groups are enabled through web version

EndNote: yes, easy to share references/folders

Wizfolio: no.

Sharing publicly

Through Web versions