How to choose
Wikipedia maintains a comparison table of many bibliographic management tools.
The following articles compare, in easy-to-read styles, the characteristics of several tools, including Zotero, Mendeley and BibTex:
Alexander, Christine (2010) Comparison of Reference Management Software. [Unpublished Library Guide from the Genetics Library at Cambridge University].
Ovadia, Steven (2011). Managing Citations with Cost-Free Tools. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian , 30 (2), p. 107. [QUT username and password are needed to view this article].
The following video [8minutes30] is a researcher's tips on how to investigate and decide on the best bibliographic software for your needs; he touches on criteria such as collaboration, system compatability, free v cost and functionality.
Comparisons of Bibliographic Software
|Endnote [& EndNote Web as indicated]
|Free of charge
|| But QUT has a site license. So there is no cost to individual staff and students whilst at QUT.
|| But offering a free 30 day trial
|Software based on desktop or Web||
EndNote: On desktop
|Desktop & web component||On desktop||Desktop (& can be synchronised on Zotero server)||On desktop|
|Referencing Styles||Over 5000 styles||Over 4000 styles||Most journals or publishers that support LaTeX have a customized BibTeX bibliographic style files. 44 are exemplified in this FAQ.
||Over 1000 styles||Over 1600 styles|
|Direct Export from Database||Over 50 databases allow direct export of records into Endnote including online searching of the QUT Library Catalogue||
Direct export from about 12 database vendors and web sites.
Google's system for searching scholarly literature provides BibTeX format citations if you enable the option in 'Scholar Preferences'.
|100s of web resources allow direct export of records.
Direct export from many popular databases including IEEE Xplore, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and more. .
|Word Processing integration||MS Word
||MS Word, Open Office, Google docs
||LaTeX, plus there are additional programmes to enable compatability with MS Word||MS Word, Open Office and Google Docs||MS Word, Pages, Mellel, Open Office and Google Docs|
|Mobile & iPad|
|Ability to edit citation styles||Request new styles from Zotero or create using CSL (XML)|
The Endnote Web component enables sharing of Libraries
|via Web interface||via Zotero server||Share through Livfe|
|Built-in full text indexed search||Requires additional application|
|Extraction of citation details from PDFs without embedded metadata||Will attempt to find metadata from online repositories if connected to Internet.|
|Readership statistics & community tags|