Citation management tools help you organize the results of a literature search and keep track of relevant articles.
There are a few options for free tools. Both Zotero and Mendeley are free but do have a limit for storage. EndNote Basic is free to the School of Medicine community through Web of Science as a web app. WashU faculty, staff and students can also purchase EndNote Desktop at a discounted rate through WUIT Software Licensing.
EndNote Desktop includes Cite While you Write, a tool that automates formatting reference citations and full-text retrieval (learn how). It is also available on six computers in the library at the Research Pod. Below is a comparison chart to show cost and capabilities.
|EndNote Desktop||EndNote Basic||Zotero||Mendeley|
|Cost||$22 for students
$44 for faculty/staff through WUIT Software Licensing
Available free in library at Research Pod
|Free to WUSM users||Free||Free|
|Attachment Storage||Unlimited||2 GB||300 MB||2 GB|
|Sharing – Private groups||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Sharing – Public groups||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Full-text searching across PDFs||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Download full-text PDFs through library authentication||Yes
|Formats reference citations for Microsoft Word||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Desktop syncs to online account||Yes, one library at a time||Online only||Online only||Yes|
For Mendeley and Zotero help, contact Michelle Doering at firstname.lastname@example.org.