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Citation Management Software

This guide provides information on RefWorks, EndNote, Sciwheel, and Zotero,

Overview of Citation Management Software

What is citation management software?  

Citation management software can help you:

  • Collect citations from online databases and library catalogs
  • Organize, edit, and search through the citations you've saved
  • Insert in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies into your Word document
  • Create bibliographies in well-known styles like APA, Vancouver, and even specific journal styles like Nature
  • Share your citations and collaborate with colleagues on projects

What are the options?

Comparison of Citation Manager Features
Citation Managers Features Links

New RefWorks

Video Tutorial

  • Free while at UC (UC paid subscription)
  • Access web-based interface anywhere
  • Grab citations as you browse using Firefox or Chrome plugin
  • Write & cite using plugin for Word

Create account / Log in

Help Guide

Sciwheel

(formally F1000Workspace)

Video Tutorials

  • Free while at UC (UC paid subscription)
  • Access web-based interface anywhere
  • Desktop app available
  • Save citations as you browse using all major browsers
  • Cite in Word

Create account / Log in

Help Guide

EndNote Desktop

Video tutorials

  • Purchase software with educational discount. 
  • Integrates with Microsoft Word or Apple Pages using Cite While You Write (CWYW)
  • Includes free EndNote Online that syncs with the desktop version EndNote online account registration page

Free 30 day trial 

Help Guide

Zotero

Video tutorials

  • Free and open source
  • Grab citations as you browse using Firefox, Chrome, or Safari plugin
  • Backup and sync on multiple devices via online account
  • Plugins for Word
  • Third party mobile apps available

Create account / Log in

Download

Help Guide

 

Based on University of Toronto Libraries https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=250610&p=1671259

Comparison Chart

Citation Management Software Comparison: Additional Information Chart
  New RefWorks

Sciwheel (formally F1000Workspace)

EndNote Desktop Zotero
Cost  Free for UC users Free for UC users Discount pricing for UC users Free open source software
Storage Capacity Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 300MB free; option to pay for more cloud storage
Ease of use Easy to set up & learn basics Easy to set up & use Steeper learning curve Easy to learn
Import citation from web page Yes, using 'Save to RefWorks' tool; but doesn't always work Yes, using browser extension No Yes, also archives the page
Duplicate detection Yes Yes, for title and publication year Yes, for author(s), keyword(s), and journal title Yes, for author(s), journal title, tags; does not add duplicates to the same folder
Cite while writing Integrates with Word & Google Docs Works with Word & Google Docs Integrates with Word & Apple Pages Integrates with Word & Google Docs
Collaboration support Easy for groups at the same institution; not supported across institutions Can create a shared list of references & share with non-subscribers Free sharing of citations & attachments up to 100 EndNote users Create public & private groups
Availability after UC Yes No (UC license) Yes (personal account) Yes

 

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