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How to Choose: Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote

A guide comparing the features of Zotero, Mendeley, and Endnote.


  Zotero Mendeley EndNote X6
Cost Free Free Not free: Purchase
Access Firefox Add-on or Zotero Standalone . Desktop application; web-based application  Desktop application; syncing enabled through web application (EndNote Web)
Cross-platform Yes: Windows, OS X, and Linux Yes: Windows, OS X, and Linux Yes: Windows and OS X
Organize PDFs and other documents Yes Yes Yes
Selective syncing of documents Yes Yes No
Annotate / highlight PDFs No Yes Yes
Tagging Yes (with color tagging) Yes  Yes (Keywords)
Full-text searching across PDFs Yes: not enabled by default Yes Yes
Private groups Yes Yes Yes
Public groups Yes Yes No
Community network Yes Yes No
Mobile app Yes: iOS and Android Yes: iOS and Android (beta) Yes: iOS