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Managing Citations -- Zotero and EndNote: Choosing a Citation Manager

Zotero, EndNote, or Mendeley Workshops

Want to get started with Zotero or EndNote?  Ask us about one-to-one and small group consultations, if these times do not work out.  (email or RAP request.)

EndNote workshops - Contact John Wiswell,

July 12, 12:00pm, Library Room 026.  Install on your laptop, if you can.  John Wiswell and Stephanie Bennett.

Zotero workshops - Contact your librarian or John Wiswell,

July 11:00am and repeating at 1:00pm, Library Room 026.  Install on your laptop, with browser connectors.  You can also set up an online account at  Stephanie Bennett and John Wiswell.


Why use EndNote or Zotero?

Zotero & EndNote

Zotero and EndNote are two 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 to anyone, while EndNote is free for ASU students, faculty, and staff.  The Library buys it.

EndNote Online is available to anyone who downloads EndNote 21.  They're saying you'll get 3 years of service.

27 June 2023 -- We now have EndNote 21.  It should be available though IT's Software Center now, but you can contact Stephanie or me for installation instructions also. or

Zotero vs. EndNote (Oh, and Mendeley too)

If you're a researcher, you could use Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley.  All of them.  The library pays for EndNote, and Zotero and Mendeley are free.  They have a lot of similarities, and you can transfer the citation metadata among them easily.  (Not the PDFs and notes.)

So which to start with?  We generally recommend Zotero, but it also depends on what the people you work with are using.

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John Wiswell

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