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Learning and Teaching: Citation Resources

APA Manuals and Tutorials

Citation Management Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which citation manager should you choose?
    It depends on your preferences and needs. The comparison chart, videos, and links are provided so that you can make an informed decision.
  2. Is it ok to use a difference citation manager not offered by USD?
    Of course, there are dozens of other existing citation managers. If you find one you think is great, email me.
  3. What's your personal favorite? 
    ​​​​​​​Overall, Zotero for ease-of-use, pdf capture ability, cite-as-you-write ability with both Word & Google Docs, & being a well-supported open source product. Second favorite, Endnote for unlimited storage capacity & NVivo integration. 

 

 

Mendeley

Zotero

EndNote

Cost

Free (sign up with USD Google account)

Free basic version; more storage available for purchase

Free to current USD students, faculty, & staff.

Format

Online (light functionality; any browser)

 

Desktop (Mac & PC)

Online (best with FireFox & Chrome; works well with others)

 

Desktop (Mac & PC)

Online (light functionality; any browser)

 

Desktop (Mac & PC)

Supports major citation styles?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import citation from databases

Yes

Yes

Yes

Import citation info from websites

Yes

Yes

yes

Allows manual reference editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Duplicate citation detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Retrieve citation info from PDFs

Disclaimer: none are 100% accurate all the time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Annotate PDFs

Yes

Yes

Yes

File capture via browser plugins

Defaults to pdf capture. Will link if pdf not available.

Defaults to pdf capture. Will link if pdf not available.

Defaults to link. Option to attach file

Storage capacity

2 GB of Personal Space; 100 MB of Shared Space

Additional storage space available for purchase

300 MB for free on Zotero server;

Additional storage available for purchase

Unlimited

Sharing references with others

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cite-as-you-write

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, & Google

Docs

Microsoft Word

Create bibliographies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Migration options to other citation managers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile app

Yes; Android & iOS

Yes; Third party apps

iOS app in beta (March 2021)

iOS only

Support

Via Copley Library & online tutorials

Via Copley Library; Online tutorials; Developer community

Via Copley Library & online tutorials

Highlights

Strong website & community platform; now optimized for Elsevier content

Easy-to-use

Not dependent on institutional subscription or affiliation

Strong Web of Science presence; More advanced customization features

Weaknesses

Slowly improving options for Humanities & Social Science 

Not designed for use on public/shared computers

Most expensive upgrade option after graduation

Academic Phrasebank

Academic Phrasebank from the University of Manchester 

The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation (see the top menu ). Other phrases are listed under the more general communicative functions of academic writing (see the menu on the left). The resource should be particularly useful for writers who need to report their research work.

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