A citation manager is a tool which helps you to store, organize and output your citations in the format you prefer.
Which citation tool is right for you? The comparision chart below highlights the main features and differences.
|Access||Desktop client software||Web-based||Desktop software that lives in Firefox web browser|
|Allows users to share citations||No||Yes||No|
|Learning curve||Takes longer to learn and normally requires training
||Fairly quick to learn||Quick to learn|
|Where are my files stored||Locally to your computer||Hosted web server||Locally to your computer|
|Word processing integration||
Works with Word and with LaTex through BibTex
|Works with Word through Wrint-N-Cite feature and LaTex through BibTex
||Works with Word and Open Office and with LaTex through BibTex and Google Docs|
|Import from online databases||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import web pages||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import from RSS feeds||No||Yes||Yes|
|Import records from Main Catalog||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import citations from PUL QuickSearch
|Managing and maintaining a large citation library (1,000 records plus)||EndNote is a good option for maintaining large citation libraries.||RefWorks can be slightly more cumbersome for managing large libraries.
||More difficult; takes more time to sort duplicate records and to verify that the records are complete.
|How many output styles?||Over 1,000||Over 500|
|Modify and create output styles?||Yes||Yes||No|
|Can you export your citation library to a different tool?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Good for organizing citations for long papers and theses.
Good option for complex major research projects, becuase it offers the most options for customization and formatting.
Web-based solution which allows you to access your files from the Internet and does not restrict access to a single workstation.
Allows users to easily share lists of citations.
Good for organizing citations for papers.
Simple to download records.
Good for managing a variety of formats including web pages.
Offers the most functionality in a free open-source product.