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MAN Citing Sources for Academic Success: Citation Management Programs

Covers the four citation types used at UW-Manitowoc: Turabian/Chicago, MLA, APA, and ACS

Citation Managers

Citation managers will help you collect, organize, cite, and share the resources that you are considering for your paper.  Look at the pages in this section for more informaiton about some popular managers. 

Comparison Chart

EndNote vs. Zotero vs. Noodletools—A Comparison of Options for Managing Citations

Which citation tool is right for you? The comparision chart below highlights the main features and differences.

Revised from the University of Florida Libraries LibGuide citation manager comparison chart.

  Noodletools              EndNote Basic Zotero  Mendeley               
Access Free to all UW Colleges students Web-based.  Available through Web of Science. Desktop software that lives in Firefox web browser Web-based
Allows users to share citations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Where are my files stored Hosted web server Hosted web server Locally to your computer / hosted web server Locally to your computer / free web storage space
Word processing integration Works with Google Docs.  Works with Word through Write-N-Cite feature and with LaTex through BibTex Works with Word and Open Office and with LaTex through BibTex and Google Docs Works with Word and Open Office, BibTex and LaTex. Annotations &highlights for PDFs
Adding References
Import from online databases Yes, using iCyte. Yes Yes Depends
Import web pages Yes, using iCyte Yes Yes Yes
Import from RSS feeds No No Yes Yes
Types of records you can import (PDF's, images, etc.)   Good for organizing records for articles and books.

Books, articles, patents and webpages.

Can also store PDF's web screenshots files and images in records. 

You can make PDF's searchable by choosing to index them in the preferences menu.


Managing and maintaining a large citation library (1,000 records plus) Not recommended. Not complex; EndNote Web is a good option for maintaining fewer than 50,000 citations. More difficult; takes more time to sort duplicate records and to verify that the records are complete.  
How many output styles? MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian Many Many Many
Modify and create output styles? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can you export your citation library to a different tool? No Yes Yes Yes

Mostly an educational tool that helps students learn the elements of citation.  Includes support for organizing and writing papers, with options for notecards and annotations. 

Instructors can set up drop-boxes within Noodletools for receiving class assignments. 

Web-based solution which allows you to access your files from the Internet and does not restrict access to a single workstation.

Allows users to easily share lists of citations.

Good for organizing citations for papers.

Simple to download records.

Good for managing a variety of formats including web pages.

Offers the most functionality in a free open-source product.



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