Selecting a Citation/Reference Management Software

| March 30, 2012

Citation or Reference Management Software is the kind of tool that once you know what you’re doing, can really turn your life around, but in all honesty, it takes a lot of work to get there. The first step is selecting the appropriate software for you and your situation. When talking about this with some of my librarian friends, and many of us agreed that sometimes it’s as simple as a pleasant interface. In this post you will find some helpful charts for making preliminary decisions with important information like cost, support and word processor interoperability.

  • Here is an in depth chart from the lovely people at UW-M: it provides a lot of the nitty gritty differences between RefWorks/EndNote/EndNoteWeb /Zotero in a way that’s easy to navigate. ┬áCategories include: Database/Record Structure,
  • The top row of the UW-M chart indicates that they have an institutional subscription to RefWorks and EndNote, this is true of Columbia as well (TC students included). Here’s some more information from CU, including how to get it from the CU server.
  • If you are an EndNote user, here are the EndNote resources for TC (specifically, the important FILTER you will need):
  • There are other options aside from these three, Mendeley is a popular option and is free and flexible.

In terms of just gut, most of my librarian friends prefer Mendeley and Zotero for their own purposes. The reasons are mostly due to need for their uses.