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Comparison of Features for Document Management Tools

Tool
Cost
$42
$34.95 for undergrads
free

Web-based (works on all operating systems)

-
-
Social networking and reference download functions only, no preparation of bibliographies on Web
Mac
x
x
x
Windows
-
-
x
Create Bibliography?
no
yes
yes
# of citation styles
n/a
hundred built-in
over 1100
Create inline citations in word processor
no
yes
yes
Citation import method
Search through native interface import 1 at a time; manual download of article auto-linked to citation. Targeted browsing through native interface import 1 at a time; manual download of article auto-linked to citation.
Import individual citations from numerous article databases.

Import batches of references from EndNote, CiteULike, or Zotero.
Tool
How do you access new article PDFs?
Both a link to locally saved article (if user has done this) or a link to discover full-text. Both a link to locally saved article (if user has done this) or a link to discover full-text. No direct method through Mendeley.

Use UC-eLinks
Add personal notes?
make persistent notations in documents. Notes field You can add annotation, tag PDFs and edit multiple documents at once
How does it deal with PDFs already saved on my computer?
Papers can attempt to retrieve citation information from several sources including PubMed or Web of Science or Google Scholar, or you can link the document to a manually found or entered citation.   Sente will attempt to retrieve citation information from DOI, PubMed, Google Scholar. Drag and drop your PDFs into Mendeley and it will attempt to identify the citations.
Tool
Location of Database
on local computer on local computer Both local computer and web-based.
Export Format
BibTeX, RIS, EndNote, Bookends BibTeX, EndNote X, Refer, and Sente XML. EndNote XML, RIS and BibTeX
Tool
Social networking tools
no
no
Create public "reading lists"

Collaborative tagging of documents

Share collections of papers with a user-defined private group of colleagues.
Works with Berkeley subscribed databases?
PubMed, Web of Knowledge, plus Google Scholar PubMed, Web of Knowledge, Jstor, Highwire press, Worldcat, Library of Congress Catalog, plus Google Scholar some, but only imports references one-at-a-time

PubMed, Web of Knowledge, JSTOR, Google Scholar, WorldCat, various publisher websites
Works with new media? (web pages, podcasts, blog postings, etc.
no
no
no
Keeping current feature
n/a
You can set auto-updates on previous searches (updating daily, weekly, monthly, etc) n/a

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