collect, store, organise and format references
create bibliographies and in-text citations in a particular reference style
They are sometimes called citation tools. They work by storing the bibliographic information of items such as articles, and connecting with word processors so in-text citations and bibliographies can easily and automatically be created in a document.
Cost - Is there a cost involved?
Desktop/Online- Will you want to access the tool both off and online?
Word Processor - Is the tool compatible with the word processor you use?
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|Software||Cost||Desktop/Online||Storage||Word processor||Citation styles||Advantages|
|EndNote||Under the JISC Collections Endnote agreement (at no additional cost to the University) staff and students are able to install the software on their own devices for free.||Both: Synchronise across your devices||Unlimited||Word, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Pages||6000+||Collect the largest number of references; enhanced integration with Web of Science and PubMed; online support|
|Mendeley||Free (owned by Elsevier, an information and analytics company)||Both: Synchronise across your devices||2GB free||Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice||9000+||Integrated PDF tools; enhanced sharing with other researchers; online support|
|Zotero||Free, open source||Both: Synchronise across your devices||300MB free||Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice||9000+||One-click capture with most databases; store a diverse range of sources; online community|
|Juris-M||Free, open source||Both: Synchronise across your devices||300MB free||Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice||9000+||Enhanced legal and multilingual referencing|
|Zotero Bib||Free, open source||Online only||NA: One-off bibliographies stored in local browser||Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice||9000+||Create one-off bibliographies without opening an account; may be especially useful for undergraduates|