Citation managers, or bibliographic management software, can save you hours by keeping track of your sources and formatting your bibliographies.
There are two options available for free to Calvin faculty, staff, and students: EndNote Web, and Zotero. EndNote (desktop version) is available for faculty and staff through Calvin's IT department, but it does come from an academic technology budget and CIT does not provide technical support.
See below for a comparison of these three options, and the links above for more info on EndNote Web and Zotero.
|Cost||Limited copies are available from CIT. Contact the HelpDesk for more information.||Free to Calvin users, via Web of Knowledge||Free|
|Save references from Hekman Library catalog||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import references from online databases||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Store references online and share with others||No||Yes||Yes|
|MS Word integration||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Create custom bibliographic styles||Yes||No||No, but can import EndNote styles|
|Links to local library holdings||?||Yes, but sometimes unreliable||Yes|
|Other||Available for Windows and MacOS. No tech support available from CIT.||Originally only available as a Firefox plugin. As of version 3.0, plugins for Google Chrome and Safari, as well as a standalone version, are available.|