Citation managers are tools which see heavy use by serious researchers, and it's important to use an application that you find easy enough to use and powerful enough for your needs. You may wish to begin by using what your colleagues are using—most citation managers allow the limited sharing of reference libraries. Using the same application as your colleagues may mean you can ask them for help in learning the ins-and-outs of the application. However, the library offers workshops and other training, and librarian experts are available for one-on-one instruction.
|Cost||Free to ND & Alumni||Freemium||Freemium||Freemium|
|Platform||Web||Web / Client||Web / Client||Web / Client|
|Library Sharing, Collaboration||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Storage||Unlimited||?||300 MB||2 GB|
|ND Catalog Integration||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Word Processor Integration||Word, Google Docs, Hangul (see details)||Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice (see details)||Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs (see details)||Word, LibreOffice (see details)|
|Mobile Site or App||Refworks Mobile||EndNote Mobile||Zotero Mobile||Mendeley Mobile|
All comparison data based on freemium price points (basic version). See Wikipedia's "Comparison of reference management software" for more detailed comparisons of these and many other citation managers.
Google Docs recently released its own built-in Citations tool, which allows you to insert citations into a Doc using MLA, APA, or Chicago (author-date). Learn more about Google's Citations tool. Full reference managers, like RefWorks or Zotero, can integrate with Google Docs and give you additional tools to manage your reference library and cite sources in a wide variety of styles.
New RefWorks™ is the latest version of the RefWorks citation management software designed to help you save, organize and format bibliographic citations that you find in databases such as the ND Catalog, OneSearch, Google Scholar, Web of Science, and more.
RefWorks’ Write-n-Cite software allows you to add and format citations in Word documents in a wide variety of citation styles. It is the officially supported citation and research manager software at the University of Notre Dame.
We recommend that new users first
Create an Account and associate it with their Notre Dame email, in order to take advantage of the full support offered to Notre Dame faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
No Backwards Compatibility for Write-n-Cite
Please note that documents created in the Legacy Write-n-Cite are not compatible with the New Write-n-Cite.
Write-n-Cite is a tool that allows RefWorks users the ability to insert reference citations directly into a paper in Microsof Word with the click of a button. Once logged into your RefWorks account under the Tools tab you can download Write-n-Cite, a plugin for MS Word, which allows you to seamlessly import your references into a Word document. You can add references as you write and create a bibliography from within Word when you are finished or as you work (it will update automatically when you add new references).
Zotero™ is a citation management software designed to help you save, organize and format bibliographic citations that you find in databases such as the ND Catalog, OneSearch, Google Scholar, Web of Science, and more.
Zotero is a Firefox addon that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.