Which Reference Management Tool Is Right for Me?

In essence, all reference management tools do the same three things:

  1. Store information about books, articles, websites, etc. in one place.
  2. Organize this information in a useful way and make it searchable.
  3. Use the information in your reference manager to add in-text citations and a reference list to a document you are writing or to create a bibliography.

Use the table below to find which reference management tool best fits your needs.

  EndNote F1000 Workspace RefWorks Zotero
Free to UCSF        
Open Source        
Easy to learn        
Works offline        
Has online platform        
Highly customizable        
Collaborative        
Syncs with multiple devices        
Bulk upload capabilities        
Fetches full text in batches        
Handles large article libraries        

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