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

Why use EndNote or Zotero?

Zotero & EndNote

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

EndNote Online is free to anyone now.  If you sign up or sign in on campus, you'll get 5GB storage for PDFs and notes, up from 2GB, and many more citation styles.

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.  (wiswellj@ or RAP request.)

EndNote workshops - Contact John Wiswell,

Zotero workshops - Contact your librarian or John Wiswell,



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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