Zotero versus Mendeley

Zotero versus Mendeley

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…

 mendeley  zotero_logo
Access 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 300MB
Additional storage cost
  • 5GB: £3.99/month
  • 10GB: £7.99/month
  • Unlimited: £11.99/month
  • 2GB: $1.67/month (£1)
  • 6GB: $5/month (£3.10)
  • 10GB: $8.25/month (£5.10)
  • 25GB: $20/month (£12.50)
Annotation 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 No Yes
Compatibility/mobile version Mendeley Lite app for iPad/iPhone.Third party apps for Android Only third party apps: Zandy, ZotPad, BibUp, Scanner for Zotero, ZotFile
Citation count No 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
Strengths
  • Social collaboration features: possible to see what other users read/cite; easy to find people with similar research interests
  • Works well with large collections of PDFs
  • Can automatically re-name and organise PDFs
  • Good at pulling bibliographical data from PDFs
  • Open source
  • Save as you browse: you can save almost anything you find on the web
  • Can automatically save PDFs
  • Strong online support, lots of user documentations
  • Advanced search functionality
Weaknesses Unreliable web importer Limited free online storage
Exporting directly from databases (save as you browse)
  • ABI Inform Complete (ProQuest)
  • Key Note
  • PubMed
  • Web of Knowledge
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Books
  • Wikipedia
  • ABI Inform Complete (ProQuest)
  • Business Source Complete
  • JSTOR
  • PubMed
  • SAGE journals
  • Science Direct
  • Scopus
  • Web of Knowledge
  • Dawsonera (ebooks)
  • LibrarySearch catalogue
  • Google Scholar
  • Google Books
  • Amazon
  • Wikipedia

The above information  is correct @ 11/11/2013. Please do come and talk to us if you would like advice in person.

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4 Responses to Zotero versus Mendeley

  1. I think you need to emphasize one critical difference between these tools: with Mendeley it is difficult to add page numbers to citations – for dissertations and most journals, page numbers are required.

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