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Referencing Guide: Compare programs

Software programs

Referencing software programs allow you to collect, store and manage references, insert in-text references in your document, and generate reference lists according to your selected style.

CDU Library supports the use of Endnote and is licensed to provide the program to CDU students and staff. Other free programs, Mendeley and Zotero, are also useful. You can compare each program using the information below but please note that CDU Library does not provide extensive support to referencing programs other than Endnote.

Compare programs








Can sync with online account; connectors for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera available

Not primarily, but can sync with an online account which is editable

No, but can transfer library to EndNote Online

Operating System

Windows, macOS, Linux

Windows, macOS, Linux

Windows or macOS


Free for basic account, some cost for more online storage space

Free for basic account, some cost for more online storage space

CDU staff & students can download for free through portal

Word-processor compatibility

MS Word, Open Office, Libre Office, Google Docs

MS Word, Open Office, LaTex

MS Office, Open Office, iWork Pages

Mobile Device Application

iPad, iPhone and 3rd party Android apps, web interface

iPad, iPhone, 3rd party Android apps, web interface

iPad, web interface

Number of citation styles

About 16 pre-loaded, "thousands" available for download from Zotero

Over 1180

Top 100 downloaded, over 4000 more available

Number of import filters

247 "translators;" other sources captured as web page

About 50, + COinS, + integrates with Zotero's "translators"


Import from databases



Direct export from specific databases

Import citation info from web pages

Yes, also archives the page and you can add annotations

Yes, with a bookmark for a limited number of sites (mostly publishers or databases)

only with EndNote Online bookmarklet

Storage capacity

Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 100MB free Zotero file syncing (larger syncing plans available for purchase); or can use WebDav

Unlimited local storage and data syncing; 1GB personal and 100MB shared online space (larger online storage plans available for purchase)

Unlimited local storage

Attach associated files (PDFs, etc.)

Yes, with option to attach automatically

Yes, and can highlight and annotate PDFs

Yes, and can highlight and annotate PDFs

Search full text of PDFs




Duplicate detection



Yes; fully customisable

Create group or shared libraries


Yes, free for up to 3 group members (larger group plans available for purchase)

Yes, with up to 100 people and includes attachments and PDFs

Create bibliography with different styles




Automatic citation extraction from PDFs




Other features

Sync library with multiple computers
Use tags to organize/search

Sync library with multiple computers
Sync with Zotero library

Insert figures and charts using word processor integration

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