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Citation Management: Home

What are citation managers?

Citation management tools allow you to collect and organize information resources in one place. They also simplify the process of citing references in articles or research papers, as well as creating bibliographies in a wide range of citation styles.

To learn more about the citation management systems supported by our library, use the tabs above. There you will find software descriptions, training resources, and other helpful information. 

Citation Management Tool Comparison Chart

  EndNote Desktop Zotero


(plug-ins may be blocked on CCF computers)

Cost Requires license purchase ($249.95) Free, with additional storage space purchase available Free, with additional storage space or private group sharing purchase available
Access Desktop software, syncing enabled through EndNote Web (online) Desktop software; Firefox add-on Desktop software; web-based application
Platform Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac, Linux
Mobile App iOS iOS, Android iOS, Android
File Storage Availability Unlimited Up to 300 MB online storage free; additional space available for purchase Up to 2 GB online storage free; additional space available for purchase
Sharing Capability Share your entire library with up to 100 other users Share references through public or private group libraries Share specific references through public or private groups
Word Plug-In Yes Yes Cannot be installed on CCF-owned computers
Offline Access Yes Yes Yes
Duplicate Detection Yes Yes Yes
PDF Annotation Capability Yes No, but will sync PDFs annotated with 3rd party software Yes


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