Some things to consider when choosing a program:
- is the program compatible with my operating system and word processing package?
- do I need remote access to my reference collection?
- do I need to share my reference sets with others? What are they using?
- can I transfer my references to another system? Different organisations may use different systems.
- am I willing to undertake some online tutorials or attend some training to learn how to use the software effectively?
- where are my references stored? (on a local drive/or specific computer or in the 'cloud' ?)
- is the program available on University-owned computers? (Usually not an issue for web-based tools).
- which tool do researchers in my discipline tend to use? Does it matter? (Talk to people in your department.)
There are many more referencing tools available. For a comprehensive comparison table, visit Wikipedia's Comparison of reference management software
|Free of charge?||No, but La Trobe has an institutional license so no cost while at LTU||Yes||Yes||Yes||from US$2.99 per month|
|Desktop or web?||Desktop and web||Desktop and can be synchronised on Zotero server||Desktop||Desktop and web||Web|
|Referencing styles||Over 6000 styles||Over 6000 styles||Most journals that support LaTeX have customised BibLaTeX style files||Over 6000 styles||Over 6000 styles|
|Direct export from database||Available from most academic databases||100s of web resources allow direct export of records||Some||From many databases||Some|
|Word processing integration||MS Word, open office||MS Word, open office google docs||LaTex||MS Word, open office, Google docs||Google Docs|
|Mobile & iPad||iOS only||3rd party apps||No||Yes||No|