Citation tools (also called bibliographic management tools or citation managers) help you organize, manage and format citations for your research.  The University of Wisconsin has a very comprehensive comparison chart for more information.

 

EndNote

Mendeley

Refworks

Zotero

Cost, Registration

Free for Duke users: Download Free: Create Account Free for Duke users: Create Account Free: Create Account

Access

Desktop client softwareWeb-based or desktop clientWeb-basedWeb-based, works in web browser

Most Useful for...

Complex research projects, dissertationsWeb research, networkingCourseworkWeb research

Sharing

 Share via library files or EndNote WebPublic and private groups  Share via RefShare  Public and private groups 

Citation Styles

EndNote styles Mendeley uses CSL styles RefWorks styles Zotero uses CSL styles

Windows/Mac

Versions for PC and MacWeb-basedWeb-basedWeb-based