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…
|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
|Additional storage cost
|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
|Mendeley Lite app for iPad/iPhone.Third party apps for Android
|Only third party apps: Zandy, ZotPad, BibUp, Scanner for Zotero, ZotFile
|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
|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.