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This guide covers everything you need to know about getting started with EndNote.

EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley

EndNote is not the only citation manager available to students and researchers. Depending on your purpose and preferences, you may find that another program works better for you. The most commonly available citation managers are EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero. The below table lays out the pros and cons of each program.

Note: Zotero is the preferred citation manager for legal citations, as EndNote's AGLC style does not provide correct legal citations.


  Mendeley   Zotero  
Pros Cons Pros Cons Pros Cons
University supported

Paid subscription - lose access when you leave University

Free, maintain access after University Reports of extremely poor user experience Free, maintain access after University Limited support from ANU - only supported by Law Library
Training and troubleshooting available Steep learning curve, complex software Open source No longer has a local app, is entirely web-based Open source Less features for advanced research purposes
Comprehensive and complex

Most features not necessary for basic citation creation

Simpler interface No support from ANU Simpler interface, user friendly  
Lots of features Cannot be used for Legal citation     Preferred tool for Legal citation  


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