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Citation: Welcome

Getting Started

Welcome to the JKM Library's guide for citation and avoiding plagiarism. Before you get started, take a moment to brush up on when and how to cite.

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Free Citation Management Software

Mendeley
Generates citations and bibliographies in hundreds of citation styles, organizes and adds notes to PDFs, and enables groups to collaborate on researching. Also has an app.

Zotero
Creates a personal online library to store articles and webpages as well as generate citations.

Colwiz
Creates a personal or group online library to store articles, as well as generate citations. Places more emphasis on collaborative work and functions, as well as productivity tools including calendars, task lists, and project management resources.

Mendeley vs. Zotero

Mendeley or Zotero, which one is right for you? These two tools are very similar, and, for the most part, they function in the same way. Both have basic versions that are available for free, but you can pay for additional storage (both) and the ability to create more private groups (Mendeley). For most people, the free basic versions are sufficient.

There are a few benefits and drawbacks to each that might make you more inclined to choose one over the other:

Mendeley

  • 2 GB of cloud storage with free version
  • With the "Save to Mendeley" web importer, Mendeley can pull article information and PDFs (if available) directly from ScienceDirect and Sage. However, it does not work well with EBSCO - it cannot pull PDFs and can pull only very limited article information. However, you can work around this by saving PDFs to your desktop and then dragging them into Mendeley.
  • The "Save to Mendeley" web importer does not do a very good job of pulling data from webpages and web documents, so you may have to manually add a fair bit of citation data. It also is not good at pulling full-text from the web.
  • Mendeley has a free mobile app for Android and Apple devices.
  • Users of the free version can only create 1 private group with 3 group members. There is no limit to the number of public groups, but with public groups, you can only share reference information, not PDFs.

Zotero

  • 300 MB of storage with free version
  • Zotero does a better job than Mendeley of pulling in full-text articles (when available) directly from online sources, including our library databases.
  • Zotero is available as an extension for the Firefox browser. There is also a desktop version ("Zotero Standalone") that can connect with the Chrome, Safari, and Opera browsers if you install a plugin. However, it does not work with Internet Explorer or other browsers.
  • Zotero mobile apps are only available from third-party folks.
  • Users of the free version can create an unlimited number of private groups.

Lastly, if you plan to take advantage of the private groups features of these tools, you’ll want to pick whichever one your colleagues are using.

Ask Kate about Mendeley!

Kate Wenger
Contact:
JKM Library, Office 101A
412-365-1247
Schedule appointment

Ask Dana about Zotero!

Dana Mastroianni
Contact:
JKM Library, Office 109
412-365-1602