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Reference Managers Comparison

Reference (or citation) managers like RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero help you track and organize your resources and citations, so that when you're writing your paper, you can easily cite your sources. These kinds of reference managers also help you insert citations, create endnotes and bibliographies. For more information, you can visit our Reference Managers Guide using the link below.

Comparison of Citation Managers: Chart

Compare... RefWorks EndNote EndNote Basic Mendeley Zotero
  • Free to UR affiliates 
  • Free to UR students and useable after graduation
  • Create account
  • Free to UR affiliates 
  • Free to UR students, but only until they graduate
  • Create account


  • Free
  • Free up to 2GB
  • $5/month for 5GB
  • $10/month for 10GB
  • $15/month for unlimited storage
  • Free with unlimited storage to UR affiliates
  • After graduation, free up to 300MB
  • $20/year for 2GB
  • $60/year for 6GB
  • $120/year for unlimited storage
  • Web
  • Desktop and Web
  • Web
  • Desktop and Web
  • Desktop and Web
Mobile Access
  • Shared folders
  • Collaboration available with v. X8 and later
  • Can share folders
  • One private group with up to three members, free
  • Group plans start from $49/month for five or more people
  • Assign members to online groups
PDF Markup
  • No
  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
Export from Databases
  • Choose "RefWorks Direct Export"
  • Choose RIS file type export
  • Yes
  • Choose RIS file type export
  • Choose RIS file type export
Export from Web
  • Save to Refworks
  • N/A
  • No
  • Use Web Importer Chrome plugin
  • Use Zotero Chrome plugin
Word Processing Integration
  • RefWorks Citation Manager add-on available through the Microsoft Store
  • Cite-While-You-Write is part of the EndNote software purchase
  • Cite-While-You-Write  plugin
  • Install MS Word plugin
  • Ease of use
  • Collaboration
  • Free to Johns Hopkins affiliates
  • Amount of storage
  • Bulk download of PDFs with institution credentials
  • Strong deduplication capability
  • Ease of use
  • Collaboration
  • Drag and drop functionality
  • Web importer function
  • Single download PDFs
  • Web features
  • Matches metadata to PDFs
  • Interface
Limitations for Large Reviews
  • Can only import small files at a time
  • Limited PDF storage
  • Limited deduplication capability
  • Limited web features
  • No collaboration prior to v. X8
  • Limited storage
  • No sharing of PDFs
  • No bulk downloads
  • Cost for large projects and large teams
  • No bulk download of PDFs
  • Cost for large projects
  • Reference IDs don't export easily
  • Limited deduplication capability
Creative Commons License


Chart Attribution: Originally licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License attributable to the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University.