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Part Two-Choosing a Citation Manager_JM_Final

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This tutorial will help you choose a citation manager that meets your research needs. There are lots of different kinds of citation management software, each with benefits and limitations. You may have used tools like EasyBib before, that help you create bibliographies automatically. Today we will look at four kinds of software supported by UW libraries that help you in your research beyond just creating a bibliography. When it comes to choosing a citation manager, only you can decide which is the right one. This tutorial will highlight some factors to consider. The first factor to think about is the context of your research. Are you sharing your research with colleagues? Are you working in a collaborative setting like a lab? If this is the case, you should find out what citation manager the people in your department or workplace are using. It will facilitate research if their work and yours is easily accessible. If you are free to select your own citation manager, you should consider the following factors: Cost: is it free, freemium, or paid? Collaboration features: can you create groups and share folders? and access: is it on your computer or online? Can you use it on devices like a tablet? does it have an app? Let’s start with cost. Of the four citation managers we’ll look at today - Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, and EndNote Basic - Mendeley and Zotero are “freemium” software. That means they’re free to download, install, and use but charge for additional features. In Mendeley, you’ll pay more for extras like more cloud storage and some social features, while Zotero charges for more storage space. EndNote, on the other hand, is software you purchase and install on your personal computer. It costs about $80 through the DoIT Tech Store discount. EndNote releases a new version each year, so expect to upgrade every few years. Though you pay more upfront, EndNote has some perks like customized searching in your EndNote library and fully integrated customer support. EndNote comes with a free online account called EndNote Basic. It syncs with EndNote and lets you access your citations on the internet. Through a subscription paid for by the University, you can also use EndNote Basic on its own for free as long as you have an active NetID. It has fewer options than the other citation managers, but offers basic features like groups and creating bibliographies. With a little effort you can move citations from one program to another, so don’t feel like you’re making a lifetime commitment to any of these options. Our next factor to consider is the different collaboration features of each software. The four citation managers we’re looking at all allow you to create, share, and sync collections of research across multiple accounts and devices. Mendeley and Zotero also let you make community groups similar to Facebook pages that allow you to communicate with other scholars through the software. These groups can be public or private, though again, in Mendeley, you’ll pay more for extra private groups. Finally, the software you choose may depend on where you like to access your research. Mendeley and Endnote are both software that you install on your computer and enable you to store and annotate PDFs. Zotero is a web browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari that lets you pin online research wherever you find it. Zotero also has a free standalone version and works with several third-party apps for mobile devices. Mendeley has its own apps for iPad and iPhone and EndNote also offers an iPad app. EndNote Basic can be used from anywhere with a web browser. Remember, cost, collaboration features, and access are all important features to consider when choosing your citation manager. To see more on each citation manager, visit go.wisc.edu/citecomp for a full comparison. Or, contact a citation manager consultant from UW-Libraries at go.wisc.edu/citehelp with more questions.

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Part Two-Choosing a Citation Manager_JM_Final

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