Consider the following when matching your research style to a citation manager that will work for you:
-Do you primarily cite web sites?
-Do you use library databases frequently?
-Do you cite lots of books (library or otherwise)?
-Do you research primarily on your own laptop or computer?
-Would you like your citation manager to work with Microsoft word or another word processor?
|Cost?||Free||Webstore, $55 (x.6)||Free||$48 (w/40% student discount)||Free (University License)||Free|
|Web?||Yes||Yes (not featured here)||Yes||No||Yes||Yes (desktop standalone available)|
|Operating System Requirements?||Windows, Mac OSx, Linux||Windows, Mac OSx||Windows, Mac OSx, Linux||Mac OSx, Windows (forthcoming)||Windows, Mac OSx, Linux||Windows, Mac OSx, Linux|
|Supported at the library?||No||Minimally||Minimally||No||Yes||Minimally|
|Library Guide (LibGuide) on this manager?||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Savvy Researcher Workshop?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite features or aspects?||Great for gathering information from the open web.||Can direct export from databases and it supports a wide variety of citation styles.||Collaborative and social features, like the groups help connect the scholarly community.||Allows you to collect all your pdf files in one place.||Exists in a web format--not tied to a specific computer.||Easy to use and runs in-browser. No need to go to a separate location to login.|
|Import Files? Types?||No||Yes, various||Yes, less inclusive (BibTex, Endnote, RIS, Browser Bookmarks)||Yes, less inclusive (BibTex, Endnote, RIS, PDF)||Yes, various||Yes, various|
|Direct Export from Database?||No||Any Z39.50||Yes (with browser add-on)||Yes||Yes||Yes (uses browser add-on)|
|Export files?||No||Yes, various||Yes, various (including .ris, Endnote, XML)||Yes, various (inlcuding bookends, CSV, Endnote, XML, PDF)||Yes, various (including .ris, endnote, XML)||yes, various|
|Attach a PDF file?||No (but takes a capture)||Yes (stored locally)||Yes (stored locally)||Yes (stored locally)||Yes (limited, expandable by request)||Yes (300 MB free)|
|Save web sites?||Yes||No, but can enter citation manually||Yes||Yes||Yes, requires add-on||Yes|
|Supported citation styles?||APA, MLA, Chicago||APA, MLA, Chicago & more!||APA, MLA, Chicago & more!||APA, MLA, Chicago & more!||APA, MLA, Chicago & more!||APA, MLA, Chicago & more!|
|Export Bibliography?||Yes--HTML, Clipboard, Word, Print, E-mail||Yes||Yes||Yes (Magic Manuscripts)||Yes--HTML, Clipboard, Word, ODT||Yes--HTML, RTF, Clipboard, Print|
|Cite while using MS Word?||No||Yes (Cite while you Write)||No||Yes (Magic Citations)||Yes (WriteNCite)||No|
|Compatible with other Word Processor?||Yes (Google Docs)||Yes (MS Word, Pages, Open/Libre Office)||Yes (MS Word, Open/Libre Office)||Yes||Yes (MS Word)||Yes, with plugin (Word, Pages, Open/Libre Office, Google Docs)|
|Social features (sharing, commenting, groups, etc.)||Knowledge Cards in the Knowledge Base contain facts (with links to original sources) and people's comments on them.||Can create collaborative groups of up to fifty people. Mendeley's collection of papers can be used to find related research as well as public groups on various topics. Can share and comment on specific citations.||Livfe can be used to share reviews and opinions. The library of citations can be synced across multiple computers to collaborate with peers.||RefShare allows sharing of folders within your institution. Bibliographies can be created from shared folders.||Allows for creation of public or private groups for sharing collections of citations.|
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