- Zotero is a free reference tool for Windows and Mac.
- You import references from web pages and databases, and then you can use the same references in Word as you type.
- The program helps you cite, and also creates a reference list in your document.
EndNote or Zotero?
Both EndNote and Zotero are full-fledged reference management tools. EndNote is an older program with many functions, which may be particularly suitable for researchers. Zotero is newer and may be easier to use, but offers the most important features one needs.
In our experience, Zotero users learn the program quickly and have fewer technical problems than our EndNote users.
We therefore recommend students to start with Zotero. Should you change your mind later, it is easy to switch from one program to the other.