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Zotero and EndNote: Choosing a Citation Manager

Why use EndNote or Zotero?


Zotero and EndNote are 2 different kinds of citation management software.  You can use them to collect, organize, and reuse sources that you find in your research.  They are especially helpful for creating lists of references in the style you need and for organizing PDFs of articles or reports.  You can also share your sources on the web with the web-based versions of EndNote and Zotero.

Zotero is free, and EndNote is free for ASU students, faculty, and staff.  The Library buys it.

Update -- Online EndNote says it's free to anyone now.  If you sign up or sign in on campus or using Web of Science, you'll get 5GB storage for PDFs and notes, up from 2GB, and many more citation styles.

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Zotero      Getting started with Zotero.  Use the Firefox add-on Zotero or use stand-alone Zotero, with extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari..

Zotero. org      Web-based Zotero

EndNote      Getting started with EndNote

EndNote Online   Web-based EndNote (used to be called EndNote Web)

Mendeley and other options    

Mobile for Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley   

Distance Education Services

Distance Education students have access to the full array of Belk Library and Information Commons resources and services. 

Click here to learn more. Distance Learning Services

Zotero & EndNote Workshops

Want to get started with Zotero or EndNote?  We will offer several workshops this spring.  Also, ask us (wiswellj@ or using RAP request) about one-to-one and small group consultations.

Zotero workshops -- For better results, download and install Zotero for Firefox before workshop.

-- Tuesday, March 17, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Lower Level classroom 028.

-- Thursday, March 19, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Lower Level classroom 028.

EndNote -- none scheduled, but contact us for an appointment

Also see video of Betsy Williams' workshop on Zotero.

Workshops -- Sign up for online workshops using this Workshops page.

Zotero vs. EndNote

EndNote vs. EndNote (computer-based vs. cloud)

EndNote has been changing quickly.  Here is a good explanation.

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell
Belk Library 225   262-7853
Available for consultations with students -- Email me.