Free and discounted citation management tools – which is right for you?

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 WashU IT.

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 WashU IT

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
Learn how
No No No
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 EndNote help, contact Kim Lipsey at lipseyk@wustl.edu, or attend her Getting Organized with EndNote class on Friday, May 10.

For Mendeley and Zotero help, contact Michelle Doering at mmdoering@wustl.edu.