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Chemical Engineering: How To Cite

Below are a list of key features to compare EndNote, EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero, compiled by Karen Heskett (from her guide). UNC Health Sciences Library also has some helpful information on how to migrate your reference library between EndNote, Zotero, or Mendeley. 

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EndNote

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Zotero

Capture info from web pages.

 

 

Import information from databases.

Search a database or catalog from the program.

(catalog only)

Manage a collection of PDFs.

 but has  

Work with my collection without needing the Internet.

Work from multiple computers.

(sync with EndNote Web)

Work on a tablet, app, or mobile site.

(app now free)

(app now free)

(free app)

(free app)

Share my collection with others and have them add to it.

Not spend any money on this tool.

 

(cost for
more storage)

 

 

 

(cost for more storage & group functionality)

 

(cost for more storage)

Online Learning Videos & Tutorials   

EndNote Training Channel

 EndNote Training Channel  Mendeley Video Tutorials Zotero Tutorials

 

A Side by Side Comparison of the Basics

 A Side By Side Comparison of The Basics

 

Feature: 

EndNote

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Zotero

Web-based version

 

Yes when synched with EndNote Web 

Desktop version

Cost

$80

Free

Free + (cost for additional space $)

Free + (cost for additional space $)

Word processors

 

MS Word, Google Docs*

MS Word, Google Docs*

MS Word,

MS Word, Google Docs

Import citations from databases

Import information from web pages

Create records from PDFs (files or folders)

Online storage limits

N/A

2 GB or 5GB

(free or purchased version)

2 GB free

(cost for more storage)

300 MB

$ for more

* The Cite While You Write Tools are not available in Google Docs - use copy & paste and then format the document.

A Side By Side Comparison of PDF Management Capabilities

 

A Side By Side Comparison of PDF Management Capabilities

Feature: 

EndNote

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Zotero

Create records from PDFs (files or folders)

 

Attach files (PDFs, Docs) to record

 

Automatically find & attach PDFs

 

 but UC-eLinks is available

Annotate & highlight PDFs

 

Search thru attached PDFs (full-text)

 

A Side By Side Comparison of Your Library Organization, Management & Collaboration Capabilities

 

A Side By Side Comparison of Your Library's Organization, Management, & Collaboration Capabilities

Feature: 

EndNote

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Zotero

Organize records into Groups or Folders

Other organization tools

Smart groups, subgroups

Shared folders are in a separate space

Watch folder (PDFs), tags, favorites

Tags, Smart search, iTunes-like look

Share library with collaborators

Compressed Library or Traveling Library, & newish shared library feature.

Yes, with read & write privileges

Yes, set up group, public or private, members have read & right privileges

Yes, set up group, public or private, members have read & right privileges

Customize display

 

 

Modify or create new citation styles

 

Yes, moderately easy

Yes, but only with librarian moderation

Yes, but difficult

Yes, but difficult

Social media & discovery tools