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KATHRYN A. MARTIN LIBRARY

American Indian Studies Research Guide

About Citation Managers

Citation managers help researchers manage a complex web of scholarly information and resources in a digital format. With a citation manager like Zotero or Mendeley, users can store permalinks and citation data, make notes, save PDF documents for later use, create bibliographies, and share research content with colleagues.

Choosing a citation manager: Zotero and Mendeley Comparison

Zotero

About Zotero

Zotero is a standalone software program that works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It allows users to:

  • Create a databases of citations by easily selecting items from your browser
  • Attach and organize your PDFs
  • Sync your database to the cloud
  • Share group libraries with others
  • Create bibliographies in a variety of styles

Mendeley

About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free citation and file management application. It allows you to:

  • Manage your PDF collection of articles on your hard drive.
  • Extract metadata for each file, rename/move them, and sync across platforms.
  • Tag files, organize them into folders, annotate, and share with others (including annotations/notes).
  • Use the capabilities within Mendeley to generate a bibliography, or export bibliographic data to other citation management applications.