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Educational Psychology Research

Comparing Citation Managers

Things To Consider When Choosing A Tool

  EndNote EndNote Online Zotero
Desktop app? Yes No Yes
Operating systems supported Windows, macOS

Windows, macOS X, Linux

Windows, macOS, Linux
Web-version? Yes Yes



Desktop app:

Search for "EndNote" at the Campus Computer Store

$146 (students)           

$250 (fac/staff)

$125 (EndNote 21 upgrade - must have existing product key)

Online version "with Web of Science" is free to UT affiliates

Online Basic is free to everyone

App: free in three versions

1. part of the Desktop app

2. "With Web of Science" through UT

3. Free

App: free

Up to 300MB of cloud storage* free, extra storage from $20/year

Allows shared library creation? Yes Yes, allows shared groups but not sharing of an entire library


Allows PDF sync? Yes.  You may store PDFs on your computer or use EndNote Click  with its Locker to store PDFs Yes.  You may store PDFs on your computer or use EndNote Click  with its Locker to store PDFs.   Yes
Word processor plugin? Microsoft Word, LibreOffice (4.x, 5.x, 6.x only), Apple Pages, Google Docs with EndNote 21

Microsoft Word 

Apache OpenOffice


Apple Pages

Microsoft Word, LibreOffice (all versions), Google Docs
Support structure Videos and self-guided resources, email, phone Videos, forums, and self-guided Self-guided documentation and forums
UT Libraries provides workshops? Yes, see workshops Yes, see workshops Yes, see workshops
After you leave UT, will you still have access to this tool?

Desktop app: Yes

Online version "with Web of Science":  No, but it will convert to an Online Basic account. 

Online Basic: Yes

Yes, with the EndNote Online that comes with EndNote Desktop  

Yes if you have a "Web of Science" account, but it will become an Online Basic account. Make sure to change your account email address to a personal email address.  See here.

Yes, with EndNote Basic


* For more information on storage options, see the Zotero page.

**The UT Libraries Citation Management Support Group has discontinued support for Mendeley as of June 1, 2024.

Last updated: May 2024 / reviewed May 2024

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