Introduction to Zotero

Getting Started with Zotero

Zotero vs. EndNote and Mendeley

Many people like to know the pros and cons between the various citation management software choices before they start using a particular tool.  Here is a brief overview of the differences between Zotero, EndNote (and EndNote Web) and Mendeley.  A more lengthy comparison between EndNote Web, EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero is attached if you are interested.

Criteria

Zotero

Mendeley

EndNote

EndNote Web

Cost

Free

Free

$105, Student discount through book store

Free to OSU users

Web based?

Yes

Yes, but not primarily

No

Yes

Storage capacity

Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 500MB free Zotero file syncing,  if you register with an OSU email address (larger syncing plans available for purchase); or can use WebDav

Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 1GB personal and 100MB shared online space (larger online storage plans available for purchase)

Unlimited local storage

Limited to 10,000 citations

Create group or shared libraries

Yes

Yes, free for up to 3 group members (larger group plans available for purchase)

Yes, with EndNote Web account, but can’t share PDFs with the group

Yes, but can’t share PDFs with the group

Number of Citation Styles

~6400 styles

~6400 styles (uses Zotero’s word processing connections)

~5000

~5000