Choosing a Citation Manager

Choosing between EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero and NoodleTools to manage your citations.

Use EndNote:

  • Because it is more flexible, customizable and has more citation styles than any other program
  • Because it gives you the ability to create your own citation style or document type

Use Mendeley:

  • If your research content is primarily contained in PDF files
  • Because it has the strongest community platform
    • You can create your own research profile to share and promote your work to scientific communities
    • Make your research and CV discoverable to others in your field
    • See what others in your field are reading and commenting on
    • Network with other scholars to discover research trends and discoveries in your field of study
  • Because out of the three, Mendeley is the most similar to social networking sites
  • Because it has the strongest website

Use Zotero

  • If your research content is diverse
  • If you're using many web-based publications and other websites that may be difficult to cite
    • Allows you to easily save snapshots of webpages and annotate them within your citation library
  • Because it's best for gathering citation records for non-PDF and PDF content
  • Because Zotero's single-click capture works with more databases, catalogs, and websites than Mendeley's Web Importer
  • To search for groups relevant to you to network with other scholars in your field of study

Use Noodle Tools

  • If you want to learn how to manually put together your citations
  • You are new to academic writing and researching and need guidance organizing your research
  • If you are an undergraduate writing a short research paper with 10 or fewer sources
  • Because teachers can monitor student's research process
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