Which reference management tool is right for you?

Some things to consider:

  • What programs are your fellow students, supervisor or colleagues using?
  • Are you working from different computers or locations?
  • Are you collaborating or working on group projects or need to share your citations?
  • Are you working without an internet connection?
Reference management tool RefWorks EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Who can use? Staff, students and alumni. Staff and postgraduate students. Staff and students. Staff and students.
Access Web based. Access from anywhere with internet.
Link to RefWorks.
Desktop. Can sync with EndNote Web.
University specific filters, Connection files and styles can be downloaded from the EndNote Download page.
Desktop. Can sync with Mendeley web account. Web based and Desktop versions. Can sync with Zotero web account.
Cost Free to staff and students. Home use - $7 (Staff and Postgraduates only). Free Free
Work at home Download Word plugin (Write-N-Cite) Download (Staff and Postgraduates only) Download
Once desktop version installed, download Word plugin Cite-o-Matic.
Download
Installation on University staff PCs Email staffservice@auckland.ac.nz
Availability on Library and IC Computers Yes. No. Yes. Plugin for Word must be installed each time you log on to a student PC at the University. Yes. Does not work with Internet Explorer.
Group work or collaboration Yes. Share a collection or part of a collection. Can set access levels: view/annotate/modify. Create a shared Library and share with up to 100 people. Yes. Unlimited private groups with up to 25 members in each. Yes. Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online.
PDF handling Can store, view and annotate PDFs. Can store, view and annotate PDFs. Can store, view and annotate PDFs. To extract and manage PDF annotations in Zotero, you need the free add-on Zotfile.
Guides and training University of Auckland RefWorks pages.
Self-guided tutorial
Guides
Library transition workshops offered during 2017
Videos
Webinars
User guide
FAQs
Videos
Webinars
Guides
FAQs
Videos
Webinars
Guides
FAQs
Videos
Help Email RefWorks
refworks.support@proquest.com
Complete an EndNote Help form Email Mendeley support Support provided through the Zotero forums
University PCs Staff can email staffservice@auckland.ac.nz for assistance with technical problems, e.g., installation.

Comparison of other reference management tools.