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Citation Management Tools: Comparative Chart

Product Comparisons

Product Zotero PowerNotes Mendeley
Cost Free, some costs associated with upgrading storage space Paid Subscription [8/29/23] Free
Type Desktop software and browser add-on Web-based and browser add-on Desktop software, web-based, and browser add-on
Bluebook Style Available? Yes Yes Yes
Web Plug-in Yes Yes Yes
Mobile App Yes, iPhone/iPads, Android and other No Yes, iPhone and iPad
Supported Browsers Google Chrome  Safari  Firefox Google Chrome Firefox Google Chrome  Safari  FirefoxInternet Explorer(+more)
Microsoft Word Add-On? Yes No Yes

Can you collaborate?

Yes, you can share folders, and resources, create public or price groups, invite members, and sync libraries with other users None through the online application, however, users can download projects to share Yes, you can create groups and share documents, invite members to the group with the ability to edit/view, post status updates on your account for others, post comments and discussions
Can you Import Records? Yes Yes Yes
What kinds of records can you import and organize? Books, articles, patents, and webpages; Can also store PDFs, web screenshots, files, and images in records. e-books, online articles, pictures, diagrams and webpages; Can also store PDFs You can import bibliographic citations and PDFs. Can also manually add citations
Can you export records to other citation software? Yes Yes Yes

Does it back up your records?

Yes, if you choose to back up or sync your Zotero library. A small amount of storage is free.   Yes


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