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EndNote, BibTeX, Zotero : Managing your References

Criteria and comparison charts

Advice

How to choose the bibliographic management software that best fits your needs? Here are some criteria:

  • Ideally, adopt the reference management software used by the members of your research group or your department in order to facilitate collaboration with colleagues.

Or

  • Choose EndNote, which is offered free of charge to the Polytechnique community, is installed in the labs, and for which the Library provides technical support.

If not,

  • Establish your needs (e.g., share references with colleagues, work online) and see comparisons in the left box;
  • Find out whether the software you are interested in is free of charge;
  • Check the compatibility of the bibliographic management software with your operating system and your word processor;
  • Consult online tutorials to assess ease of use;
  • Make certain there is technical support available on the Internet (the website of the software, YouTube, discussion groups);
  • Check whether a library created using a certain piece of software can be exported towards a format accepted by other bibliographic management software tools.
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