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Zotero citation manager tutorial

Zotero vs. Endnote


  • Get Zotero
    Download Zotero and the Zotero Connector for Chrome, Firefox or Edge. Create a free account to access your library from any browser.


Zotero and EndNote are very similar. Librarians love Zotero because it is open source and free  and therefore aligned with our values.


Both EndNote and Zotero

  • Store all your references in a single place

  • Ingest citations from the browser

  • Automatically format bibliographies in MLA, APA, or thousands of other styles

  • Create custom notes and tags linked to your sources

  • Attach pdfs to references

  • Insert citations into Word (with Zotero you can do this with Google Docs, too)


Main differences

  • Zotero is better at ingesting non-pdf data

  • With Endnote, you can customize a reference – for instance Zotero does not have a format for a “treaty”

  • Endnote supports more “unusual” document types

  • Anecdotally, Endnote is better at handling larger libraries

  • Anecdotally, Zotero is easier to use 





How can I use it?

EndNote desktop program; on the web

Zotero desktop program; on the web

Can I attach articles to my references?



Who has access?

Available to you as an NJIT person. Costs NJIT $$.

Anyone. Free and open source

Is collaboration possible?



Cite-while-you-write feature?



Free Online Storage 

5 GB (13,000+ papers)

300 MB (700+ papers)

More space is inexpensive.

Citation styles supported

Over 6,000; easily edited

Nearly 8,000; not as easily edited


Collection can be transferred to Zotero

Collection can be transferred to EndNote


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