UWRT 100 Critical Reading and Writing (Torres): Pros and Cons_ Zotero/Mendeley/EndNote


Zotero Advantages

  • More customization features 
  • ​Third-party plugins and frequent updates
  • Significantly more support for users with screen readers
  • Plugins for more major word processors (including Google Docs, OpenOffice, and NeoOffice in addition to Microsoft Word and LibreOffice)
  • More highlighting and annotation features (with changes made directly to the PDF file)
  • More organization features with more nesting folder options; and unlimited private groups for no added cost
  • Unlimited groups

Zotero Disadvantages

  • Less free cloud storage (300 MB, or about 100 articles)
  • Clunkier user interface
  • Lacks support for Internet Explorer

Mendeley Advantages

  • The web and desktop application have a slick interface that is great for people who are not as computer-savvy
  • Mendeley is available in almost anything, including a Chrome web extension, bookmarklets for other browsers, and a mobile app
  • Search tools based on what you have already added to your working citation library
  • More free cloud storage (up to 2 GB or nearly 700 articles)

Mendeley Disadvantages

  • Cannot correctly cite government publications
  • Does not support Google Docs
  • Annotations that are made in Mendeley do not export with your PDF files
  • No accessibility features or screen reader compatibility of its own (although it does allow system ease of access features like magnification and high contrast text).

End Note Advantages

  • Use your citations from any computer even if it doesn't have EndNote desktop installed.
  • Share references with other EndNote Online users anywhere in the world.
  • You can syncronize EndNote X8 & EndNote Online so that an exact match, including file attachments, exists.
  • Endnote X8 allows unlimited uploads of file attachments (same as desktop).
  • Organize and annotate your research, create bibliographies
  • Insert citations as you write into Microsoft Word, Pages, and Wolfram Mathematica 8
  • Import and search PDFs

EndNote Disadvantages

  • You can't use term lists for journal abbreviations.
  • You can't edit styles and filters.
  • Storage limit of 50, 000 records.
  • Clunky user interface

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