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Writing & Citing Conventions Guide

APA, MLA, CMoS and Reference Manager Tools
Use citation or reference management software to collect, organize, share and format citations. Remember to discuss the use of these tools with your instructor. Watch the following video tutorials on two recommended citation tools: Zotero and Mendeley

Zotero

Mendeley

Zotero versus Mendeley

Service

MENDELEY

ZOTERO

Access

  • Desktop version and a web version compatible with all major web browsers

  • Firefox extension or as a standalone version with a connector to Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera

Installation basics

Price

Storage

  • 2GB of cloud storage - free

  • 300MB of  free cloud storage on syncing

Creates in-text citations and reference lists

  • Yes

  • Yes

Saves citations while browsing databases

  • Yes - Grab citations from databases with the Zotero icon

Save PDFs to account and extract metadata for referencing

  • Yes

  • Yes

Create folders to organize resources

  • Yes

  • Yes

Add notes to entries in account

  • Yes

  • Yes

Extract metadata from web resources (including YouTube)

  • Yes – but may have to add missing elements

  • Yes – but may have to add missing elements

Access to account long term

  • Use personal email address to ensure continued access

  • Use personal email address to ensure continued access

Browser Compatibility

  • Most browsers supported

  • Javascript and cookies enabled

  • Zotero for Firefox (uses a Firefox extension)

  • Extensions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera available

Mobile Device Applications

  • Yes - Apple and Android apps

  • Yes - Apple and Android apps

 

Adapted from York University Library - https://www.library.yorku.ca/web/research-learn/citations/zotero-vs-mendeley-comparison/