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Compare Citation Managers

This chart helps you compare software applications that allow you to:

  • collect and organize your research
  • format citations for written assignments
  • share sources with group members or professors
  EndNote (Desktop) EndNote Basic NoodleTools (NoodleBib)
What is it? Citation management software that that helps you collect, store, organize, and cite research sources A web-based service that helps you collect, organize, share, and cite research sources A web-based service that walks you through the process of correctly formatting citations

A web-based tool and standalone software that help you collect, organize, cite and share research sources

Best used for: Large research projects (like writing a thesis or book) written using your own computer with EndNote installed Smaller research projects, and when internet access is more reliable than access to a specific computer Short undergraduate research papers with fewer than 10 resources Small or large research projects where simplicity and access to the web are essential
How much does it cost? $79 for downloadable student license from UT Campus Computer Store Free for everyone Free for UT students (university-wide license) Free for everyone from
UT Libraries classes offered? Yes Yes No Yes
Works on Mac and PC? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Where can I use it? On a computer with EndNote installed Anywhere with Internet access Anywhere with Internet access

On a computer with Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone installed (for full functionality)

Allows collaboration or sharing? Yes, through included EndNote Web account Yes - create groups to share lists Yes - share lists with classmates and instructors Yes - you can share libraries online and set up groups to collaborate
What happens after I leave UT? Nothing changes - you own the software Nothing changes – EndNote Basic is free for everyone No access once you graduate, and no easy way to transfer lists Nothing changes - Zotero is free for everyone
Works with Word or other word processors? Yes - Create in-text citations and bibliographies automatically with Cite While You Write plug-in for Word Yes - Create in-text citations and bibliographies automatically with Cite While You Write plug-in for Word Save bibliographies as Word docs, but no in-text citation functionality Yes - Download plugins for Word and OpenOffice to automatically create in-text citations and bibliographies
Unique Features Options to define a custom citation style Add a toolbar in Firefox to save online references directly into your library Notecard function helps organize notes

Connects with most popular browsers, so it's easy to add sources while on the Web; only major open source option.

Can you work off-line? Yes No No Yes
Can you import citations from databases? Yes Yes No Yes
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