June 13, 2012 – 2:46pm
There are a plethora of choices for electronic citation applications. Perhaps the key features that best represent a good referencing application are inherently the same criteria for good software in general, such as:
- accessibility (i.e., cross-platform, cross-application)
- accurate (generate correct formats)
An application that is very close to meeting the aforementioned criteria is ‘Zotero’. In addition, Zotero is open-source and free.
There are a few quirks with the Zotero application that are useful to remember, such as:
- The Firefox version is separate from the stand-alone application (i.e., you would need to export/import collection)
- ‘Removing’ the selected item does not delete the reference from the library.
- Adding a PDF link from a webpage may require manual entry of further Info (i.e., ‘Save Link as Zotero item’ results in a PDF with a link)
Zotero is the most versatile citation application that I have found, that is universal, free, and just works. This app would be my first choice for OS X or Windows.
(a good list but not complete – missing Procite, Citation 9)
(LibreOffice bibliography via database component… similar to MS Office… but free)
(commercial Citation 9 for Windows)
(Comparison of EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite)
(Personal Bibliography Management Software – a bit dated but interesting to compare with item #1)