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Reference Management Tools for Academic Writing

A Comprehensive Guide for EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero


Zotero is a free, open-source tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. This is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.  

When compared to EndNote, Zotero is particularly robust in capturing references from webpages.  It has a consistent interface between Windows and Mac OS too.

Major Functions:

  • Organize and manage references
  • Create and format in-text citations and bibliographies instantly
  • Import citations from PDFs, databases, library catalogues, websites with snapshots and more
  • PDF management and annotation
  • Collaborate with other researchers
  • Work on your references anytime, anywhere
  • more features

Download Zotero

Creative Commons License

Except where otherwise noted, the content of this guide is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.