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Citation Management Software

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

Sciwheel Subscription Ending Jan 2023

Due to budget constraints, the library's subscription to Sciwheel will cease in January 2023.

During the next few months please take the appropriate steps to change to a different citation manager. If you need assistance or have questions please contact the Health Sciences Library.

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

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


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


Help Guide


Based on University of Toronto Libraries

Comparison Chart

Citation Management Software Comparison: Additional Information Chart
  New RefWorks EndNote Desktop Zotero
Cost  Free for UC users Discount pricing for UC users Free open source software
Storage Capacity Unlimited Unlimited 300MB free; option to pay for more cloud storage
Ease of use Easy to set up & learn basics Steeper learning curve Easy to learn
Import citation from web page Yes, using 'Save to RefWorks' tool; but doesn't always work No Yes, also archives the page
Duplicate detection Yes 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 Integrates with Word & Apple Pages Integrates with Word & Google Docs
Collaboration support Easy for groups at the same institution; not supported across institutions Free sharing of citations & attachments up to 100 EndNote users Create public & private groups
Availability after UC Yes Yes (personal account) Yes


Citation Manager Plug-ins

Citation managers offer a variety of Word plug-ins. However, UCIT does not support all options! Make sure to choose appropriately based on the version of Word you will be using.
Citation Manager UC Supported Browser Extensions Desktop App Desktop Word - Office 365 In-Browser Word - Office 365 Google Docs
Refworks Yes, subscription Bookmarklet Online-only Write-n-Cite In browser - RCM In-browser plugin: Refworks for Google Docs
Mendeley Free, limited account for individual researchers Chrome, Edge, Firefox, & Safari Mendeley Desktop App Word plugin - install from Mendeley Desktop App Not available to UC due to security concerns Not supported
Endnote Individual must purchase Capture Endnote Reference & Endnote Click Endnote Software Cite While You Write Cite While You Write, EndNote Web Not supported
Zotero Open Source Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, & bookmarklet Zotero for Windows, macOS, & Linux Zotero word plugin No add-in compatible In-browser plugin - Zotero Connector


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