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Detailed Feature Comparison

A comparison of the relevant features of RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote.

  RefWorks Zotero Mendeley EndNote
Best Use

Long-Term Storage and Management of Many Sources

Web-Based Research

Storage and Management of PDFs

Sophisticated Management of Sources

Best Features

Ease of Sharing and Collaboration

Review and Management of Large Numbers of Sources

User-Friendly Design

Screenshot capture of Web material 

Ease of Adding Sources Recognized by Zotero 

Ability to Search Full-Text of Attached Files 

iPhone App (coming soon)

User-Friendly Design

Review and Management of PDFs

Ease of Adding Sources Recognized by Mendeley 

Dropbox Compatible

Customization 

Review and Management of Large Numbers of Sources

Disadvantages

Separate Log-In and RefWorks Window 

Not as intuitive as Zotero 

More complicated to import references 

Works best with traditional resources 

Searching citations is robust - but cannot search the full-text of attached files

Somewhat difficult to manage large numbers of sources

Unable to recognize sources that are not PDFs (e.g., books)

Tied to your desktop 

Steep learning curve 

Complicated to import references 

Works best with traditional resources

Bluebook Compatible?

Yes - but citations need significant editing

Best option

Yes - using the Zotero Bluebook style

Yes- but citations need significant editing

Compatible with Lexis or Westlaw?

No

No

No

No

Compatible with other databases?

Library Catalogs 

JSTOR 

Academic Search Premier

HeinOnline 

Library Catalogs 

JSTOR 

Academic Search Premier

Many websites, including The New York Times, SSRN, Google Scholar, Amazon, Epicurious

HeinOnline 

JSTOR 

Academic Search Premier 

Many websites, including The New York Times, SSRN, Google Scholar

Library Catalogs 

JSTOR 

Academic Search Premier

Adding Citations to Word Documents

Yes

Yes (best option)

Yes

Yes

Access

Library Catalog

Browser plug-in

Via WWW or downloaded software

Desktop

Format

Web based

Browser based (with ability to sync to a Web-based server)

Web and Desktop based

Software

Cost

Free for Georgetown users

Free for anyone

Free for anyone

Must purchase (~$300)

On The Web

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