Citation management software (also known as bibliographic software) serves two purposes:
Options for citations management software, a summary of key differences between them, and the links to download the software are below. If you have questions about choosing citation software, Ask Us!
|Cost||$75 from RISC||Free (open source)||Free and premium options. Free option has limits on file storage and sharing citations.|
|Technical Support||Direct technical support from Clarivate Analytics||User community & software developer technical support via online forum||User community support; limited direct technical support from Elsevier|
|Word Processing Compatibility||Plug ins for MS Word, PowerPoint (Windows only), OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Apple Pages.||Plug ins for MS Word, Google Docs, OpenOffice, LibreOffice||Plug ins for MS Word.|
|Other Considerations||Steeper learning curve; has the most customization features; has "Find Full Text" PDF finder feature.||Good browser plugin. Available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Harvard/Countway has a getting started guide for Zotero here.||Good browser plugin, good at importing data from PDFs. Some problems with citation plugin incompatibility with Macs.|