Endnote Vs Zotero Vs Mendeley
|Accessing Your Library||On personal computer or online||On personal computer||Online|
|Cost||Free||Free to IU students/ faculty/staff||Free to IU students/ faculty/staff|
|How to Get It||Download at http://zotero.org||Download from IUanyWare at http://iuanyware.iu.edu||Create free account at http://myendnoteweb.com|
|Ease of Use||Easy||Moderately easy||Moderately easy|
|Collaboration||Zotero users can collaborate through 'Groups' (Groups' collections can be open, closed, or private.)||Through EndNote Web||EndNote users can share collections, including PDFs and annotations ('Read Only' and 'Read & Write' options)|
Easy exporting from most library databases.
Can capture good amount of bibliographic info from web sources
Can add citations manually.
Easy exporting from most library databases and can search from within Endnote.
Can import PDFs and capture some bibliographic info.
Can add citations manually.
Easy exporting from library databases and can search from within Endnote.
Can capture some bibliographic info from web sources.
Can add citations manually.
|Storage & Attachment Limits|
~20GB of attachment storage (PDFs, images, etc.)
Link and store attachments (up to 45 attachments per citation)
2GB of file storage
|Locating Full Text||Yes, but not as easy as in EndNote.|
Click the 'Locate' button in the info pane for each citation.
|Yes, click on the 'Find Full Text' link. Must have preferences set.||Does not locate full-text. Can save full-text and attach files.|
|Citing while Writing||Yes, with the Zotero MS-Word or OpenOffice plug-in installed||Yes, with the MS-Word 'Cite While You Write' plug-in installed||Yes, with the MS-Word 'Cite While You Write' plug-in installed.|
|Annotating PDFs||Not supported within Zotero, must use other software like Adobe Acrobat||Annotate within EndNote||Not supported within Endnote Basic.|
This is a guide to bibliographic data formats that Zotero can work with. Most of these formats can be imported directly by Zotero, and some can be exported as well. Others are used only in conjunction with site translators and cannot be imported or exported directly. For information on getting records into your library by using these import. 1 Export Zotero to Evernote. Create a folder labeled “Zotero” on your computer. To export the Zotero Library, open Zotero Standalone, select “File,” and then click “Export Library” to open the Export dialog box. Select a file format, click “OK,” locate and select your Zotero folder, and then click “Save.”. To export specific items, select an item from My Library list - or press “Ctrl” and select multiple items - right. Zotero is great for genealogy for all of these reasons and more: It is free, with the stability and support of a university backing it up. Even if you are syncing to the Zotero cloud, you can do that for years on free storage, before you have to buy some. And when you do buy storage, it’s inexpensive and unlimited.
*Thank you to Purdue Libraries for permission to adapt portions of their comparison chart.
I like how I can add a note item to a citation. How an item that is a direct link to an Evernote or Google Drive doc?
Evernote has the Moleskine camera feature, Evernote also has the LiveScribe journal, Google Drive has all sorts of other features - why not incorporate other note taking services into the workflow.
I'd even take a stab at it myself if there were an sub-item API.
Any thoughts? Have I overlooked a plugin?
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- You should be more specific on how such integration might work. (e.g. describe a use case.)
You can already add links to Zotero items from other software. See e.g. this thread
- You're right, I think a use case is in order. Adding links to Zotero items from other software is not what I had in mind, nor does it solve the issues I'm thinking of.
1. I'm reading a book.
2. I take notes with pen & paper.
3. As I read the book, my notes are not searchable.
4. I digitize my notes with any number of software solutions (Evernote, Google Drive, LiveScribe Pens).
5. I now have an OCRd document.
6. I have no way of easily adding this document to Zotero (to make it searchable/keep all my research in one place).
I propose a workflow something like this. As I create a note document in Evernote or Google Drive, I can associate this document with a Zotero item.
1. I write notes in Google Drive or Evernote (or import a document from a pen/paper digitizing software into Google Drive or Evernote).
2. When I have a document open in Evernote.com or drive.google.com, there is a Zotero icon in my browser.
3. When I click the Zotero icon, I can select a Zotero item that I allows me to associate the Google doc / Evernote note with the Zotero item.
4. In Zotero, the Google doc / Evernote note appears in the list under the item (like an existing Zotero note or attached PDF).
A second workflow:
1. I right click an item in my zotero library.
2. There is an option to attach a new Google doc and Evernote note.
3. Clicking new Google doc or Evernote note, opens a new browser tab with a new Google doc or Evernote note open.
Ideally Zotero could scan these documents, but I'd be okay with searching these documents in Evernote or Google Drive.
The main issue is that the Zotero notes functionality is awesome, but limiting. Instead of recreating the wheel (adding Zotero note taking fucntionality), I'd like to see integration with the existing notes/documents applications out there. This would enable the broadest cross section of options.
You could add the note as a normal attachment. If it is in PDF format, then Zotero will also index it and allow you to search based on the note content. You can also add a link to a website version of an article as a link, but this would not make it searchable.6. I have no way of easily adding this document to Zotero (to make it searchable/keep all my research in one place).'
The workflows that you describe could certainly be coded as plugins. The Zotero API is described here, if you want to go for it:
If you have development related questions, the best place to ask these is the zotero-dev mailing list
- Hi dillon and mronkko,
I have a similar challenge and coincidentally I just made a post about it on the Evernote users forum. I think it would be beneficial to see some level of integration between Zotero and Evernote, but at the moment I do not have any specific suggestions for a proposed workflow. I am struggling to come up with a good workflow to integrate Zotero and Evernote to help manage research for my dissertation and ongoing courses. I would sincerely appreciate any suggestions you or others reading this thread might have. Thank you in advance.
- One solution to your workflow problems is to use Zotero for note taking. When I was taking courses I had a collection for each course and a subcollection for each lecture. Then I just stored all my notes and all the lecture material in these subcollections.
- mronkko - you're right, I could do that, and I have done that.
But with the new evernote moleskine, or other features, we would have to wait for Zotero to develop this. It's certainly not in Zotero's core mission. But Zotero could provide 3rd party linking to other file types through a URI.
- this may be of interest: https://github.com/kmlawson/ZotDevon
it's Devon Think specific, but at least the Zotero part could likely be adapted to other programs
- adamsmith - very interesting.
I also saw ajylon's patch, ticket #1563 (add ability to add links by URI and edit existing link attachment URIs)
It seems using ZotDevon and DEVONThink would require importing/exporting and maintaining two databases - something I'm not willing to do. Linking, however, is very appealing.
- the add attachment - add link to URI function isn't working for me when I use an evernote URI - works fine when I use an http://
- Any news on this front? The workflow dillon proposed a few posts up is really appealing to me, as I also use both Evernote and Zotero extensively. A one-click solution for linking an Evernote doc with a Zotero item would be an incredible asset.
- it's now possible to add evernote:// links via add link to URI to Zotero items. Otherwise no.