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Other tools

The University Library recommends that you use RefWorks to manage your references but we acknowledge that there are other free tools available that you may want to use instead.

You will find information on this page on some other popular free online tools that you may want to use in preference to RefWorks.

There are many products to choose from: we have selected the most well-known to highlight on these pages. You can look at the similarities and differences between each product in the table below.
__ Refworks Mendeley Endnote Online Zotero
Link Refworks Mendeley Endnote Online Zotero
Operating System Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS app, Android app Windows, Mac, iOS app Windows, Mac, Linux
Storage Space Unlimited 2GB 50,000 references; 2 GB of storage 200MB
Stores PDFs Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import Citations from online databases Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import Citations from websites Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collaboration Yes Yes No Yes
Word Processing Compatability "Write-n-Cite plug" in for Microsoft Word. "One Cite/Cite View" method (Write-n-Cite alternative) for other packages (e.g. Open Office etc.) Plug in for Word and LibreOffice "Cite While you Write" plug in for Word and Open Office Plug ins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice
CTR available Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of referencing styles available c.4,000 c.7,000 c.3,300 c.9,000
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Page Last Reviewed: 14th September 2023 by Ros Francis.