Citation Management Tools - Alternatives to EndNote

EndNote is a powerful and flexible citation management tool. but like a super car, many people find it is too hard to "drive" and that it has too many options for their day-to-day work.

If you are looking for a citation management tool that is more like a reliable sedan with just the options you need, and is great for getting you from point A to point B, you may want to test drive a few of these terrific options.

F1000 Workspace is a Web-based tool that allows you to create and organize a library of citations, discover new literature, and conduct group citing and editing of manuscripts via Google Docs. The browser plugin makes it easy to gather references from around the Web. This is a sophisticated tool but also moderately easy to use. 

Zotero is a freely available citation management tool that offers desktop and Web versions that work well with both Windows and Mac.  It is easy to use and makes collaborative projects relatively simple. Like F1000 Workspace, the browser plugin makes capturing references around the Web a breeze.  It also works in Google Docs.

Mendeley is a free Web-based tool similar to Zotero, but includes an academic social networking aspect for professionals that want to connect with other researchers in their discipline.  Activity in Mendeley counts toward a researcher's altmetrics.  However, Mendeley doesn't work within Google Docs.

Duke also has a subscription to RefWorks which is another online tool that a lot of people know and love from their undergraduate programs. Refworks features a lot of storage space for people who like to gather PDFs.

Use this handy chart to decide which reference management tool best fits your needs.

Be sure to give yourself 30 minutes to play around with a reference management tool to see how it fits within your workflow.

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