The best tools to manage your sources and reference them
EndNote is an extensive application for collecting, managing and using scholarly articles and making source references and bibliographies.
With RefWorks you can manage your collected information and references in the cloud. Also you can create a list of source references with it, in the citation style of your choice.
With Mendeley, a free tool from Elsevier, you can manage and share your sources and create lists of source references. You can use it on line, as a desktop application or as a mobile app.
Zotero is a non-profit, open source alternative to Mendeley. With the Save to Zotero browser plugin you can store a pdf of web page quickly and easily.
MS Word also allows you to add source information to create citations and bibliographies, but you can't manage them like you can with the specialized applications above, so we don't recommend using it.
Cite while you write
Most reference managers have a plugin for MS Word. This allows you to make citations from your source collection while writing. And when you're finished you can create your bibliography in the right citation style with one click of a button!
Another advantage of using a reference manager is being able to share your source collection with others. In that way you can manage, use and comment your sources for group assignments. Handy!
|Find the differences||Endnote||Refworks||Mendeley||Zotero||Word|
|License||Free via HR||Free via HR||Free||Free||Free via HR|
|Desktop application Windows/MacOS||Yes||No||Yes2||Yes2||Yes|
|MS Word integration||Yes4||Yes5||Yes4||Yes4+5||Yes|
|Save from browser||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Share source collections||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|HR citation styles8||APA-NL
1) supported by the library
2) Also Linux
3 iOS only
4) Also OpenOffice
5) Also Google docs
6) 2GB Maximum
7) 300MB Maximum
8) The most commonly used citation style at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is the APA (from American Psychological Association). There is also a Dutch APA version. IEEE is the prescribed citation style for the Electrical Engineering course. The compulsory citation style for the Fiscal Law and Economics program is the Guideline for Legal Authors (LvJA - Leidraad voor Juridische Auteurs).