Citation Management Tools

Citation Management Tools assist you to:

  • Create a personal library of references and documents in one place and organize them by topic, project, etc.
  • Store abstracts, annotations, and notes with your references.
  • Easily locate your collected research references and documents.
  • Cite your resources and provide a bibliography while you write.
  • Easily change your citation style to match your need or the requirement of publishers

The Library supports these citation management tools:

Which tool should I use?

  RefWorks EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Cost Free to CUHK staff and students Student discount available Free and paid versions available Free
Open Source? No No Yes Yes
Web-based only? Yes No, 
EndNote Web available
desktop and web-based
browser (Firefox) based and Zotero Web available;
stand-alone version also available
Can work from both PC and Mac? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can work from mobile devices? Yes,
mobile website
iPad app available
iPhone and iPad app available
via third-party app
Direct export from databases? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Creates formatted bibliographies,
in-text citations,
& footnotes?
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports major citation styles? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Store PDFs? Yes Yes Yes,
relatively smaller storage than RefWorks and EndNote
relatively smaller storage than RefWorks and EndNote
Attach web page or
screen captures?
via RefGrab-It
No Yes Yes
Annotate PDFs? No Yes Yes No
Duplicate record detection Yes Yes Yes,
but limited
Collaborating with others? Yes Yes,
EndNote Web
Yes Yes
Social networking? No No Yes Yes