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Citation Manager Comparison: Home

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation managers, or bibliographic management software, can save you hours by keeping track of your sources and formatting your bibliographies.

Feature Comparison

  EndNote EasyBib Zotero Refworks Procite
Cost $115.95-299.95* Free Free   $170-329
Web based No Yes No   No
Import references from online databases Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Store references online and share with others No Yes Yes   No
MS Word integration Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Create custom bibliographic styles Yes No No, but can import EndNote styles   Yes
Requires online connection No Yes No   No
Other Available for Windows and MacOS   Requires Firefox browser    

*Free for NDSU students.


Get Zotero


Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.

Since it's a Firefox plugin, it automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

See also this great guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF.

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