So, what are they?
These are free, easy to use and convenient reference management applications to help you save, organise and store your references. They allow you to create in-text citations and bibliographies, and both offer a desktop and online access.
But which one is the best for you?
The I&LS team has done a bit of research to find out how these two products compare. But deciding which one to use will depend on your preferences and working style…
|Access||Desktop and online. Works with IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.||Online: on Firefox browser with plug-in installed. A desktop version – Zotero Standalone – works with Chrome and Safari.|
|Free online storage||2GB personal space + 100MB shared||300MB|
|Additional storage cost||
|Annotation||Integrated PDF viewer (highlights and annotates files). Plus you can attach notes to items||You can attach notes/tags to items and add notes to collections|
|Rich text notes||No||Yes|
|Compatibility/mobile version||Mendeley Lite app for iPad/iPhone.Third party apps for Android||Only third party apps: Zandy, ZotPad, BibUp, Scanner for Zotero, ZotFile|
|Citation count||No||Yes – Zotero Scholar Citations plugin for Firefox version only|
|Search for full-text within Cambridge||Yes, but only when using the online version||Yes, using a proxy server available from UL|
|Weaknesses||Unreliable web importer||Limited free online storage|
|Exporting directly from databases (save as you browse)||
The above information is correct @ 11 November 2013. Please do come and talk to us if you would like advice in person.