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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