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 Sciwheel
(formerly F1000Workspace)
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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