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Comparison of Features for Bibliographic Management Tools

Tool
Cost
Paid for by UC Berkeley
$76.99 download
Cal Student Store
free
$34.95 for undergrads
free; charges apply for optional file storage above 100MB

Web-based? (works on all operating systems)

yes
yes
yes (Firefox browser required)
Mac/Windows?
Mac/Windows
Mac/Windows
Mac/Windows
Mac
Mac/Windows
Create Bibliography?
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
# of citation styles
1,087+
3,300+
n/a
hundred built-in
>1000 (Note: Results may be poor for some styles, especially in science.).
Create inline citations in word processor
yes
yes
no
yes
yes (with plugin)
Import method
Import batches of search results from many databases.. Import batches of search results from many databases. Bookmarklet to add individual articles as you access them. Targeted browsing through native interface import 1 at a time; manual download of article auto-linked to citation. Use icon in browser's address bar to add citations individually or in groups. (Note: from PubMed, import articles one at a time using the PMID or DOI.)
Tool
Access full-text?
Link to discover full text Both a link to locally saved article (if user has done this) or a link to discover full-text. Link to discover full text.  Yes; includes link to locally saved article (if saved by user) and a link to discover full text. Yes; includes link to locally saved article (if saved by user) and a link to discover full text.
Add personal notes?
Notes field Notes field Notes field Notes field Notes tab
Handling of legacy documents (those saved on computer before using program)
n/a
User can manually create a link to the locally saved article.
n/a
Sente will attempt to retrieve citation information from DOI, PubMed, Google Scholar. User can manually create a link to the locally saved article.
Tool
Location of your references
web your computer web your computer in Firefox on your computer, backed up to web
Export Format
EndNote, RefWorks, Reference Manager, BibTeX, Citation List, RefWorks, XML, Tab Delimited Text, RTF, HTML, XML, EndNote BIbTeX, RIS BibTeX, EndNote X, Refer, and Sente XML. Zotero RDF, MODS, BibTeX, EndNote, RIS, Dublin Core RDF, Wikipedia Citation Templates
Tool
Can others see your database without you doing anything? (exporting or transferring)
yes, you can set up password-based read-only access
no
yes
no
Database can be shared with owner setup and owner permission only
Works with Berkeley subscribed databases?
All databases with UC-eLinks can export to RefWorks.  Lexis-Nexis has a button for it. Many through import filters and "connection files" No, it works one at a time from the article's web page PubMed, Web of Science, Jstor, Highwire press, Worldcat, Library of Congress Catalog, plus Google Scholar Works with some Berkeley databases and many other sites including Google Scholar, YouTube, Amazon, etc.
Works with new media? (web pages, podcasts, blog postings, etc.
yes
yes
No, only traditional academic formats
no
Yes; designed for use with new media
Keeping current feature
You set up an RSS  feed as a folder to capture new items.  You then move the items to your working folders.
n/a
You choose to "watch" tags and users's lists via web site or  RSS. You can set auto-updates on previous searches (updating daily, weekly, monthly, etc)
n/a

 

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