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There are self-paced library tutorials that student can take.
Keeping your References and Notes Organizedopens in new window discusses how to choose a reference manager. Also, it discusses three reference managers in-depth, where you choose one of them to try. A reference manager helps you keep your references and notes organized, which will help you when you start writing your paper.
Mendeley Desktop is compatible with many versions of Windows, Mac, and Linux. Mendeley Web Importer can be used various versions of common browsers. Minimum system requirements for Mendeleyopens new window.
Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The Zotero Connector works for several versions of common browsers. Zotero System Requirementsopens new window.
Not required, but Cite While you Write plug-in recommended. Capture works better with some partner websites than others. For a list of partners regarding the capture button, go to EndNote Online Help - Captureopens new window.
Must install Desktop. Plug-in and the Mendeley Web Importer are recommended.
Desktop and web version work together. You must create a free account on mendeley.com and download Mendeley Desktop.
If you want to use Zotero on multiple computers, you will need to create a web account on zotero.org. If you don't save to zotero.org, you have to back-up your library manually.
Amount of space
2GB for attachments and 50,000 references.
300MB, but you could backup your PDFs to dropbox or Google Drive instead.
Full text search PDFs
Add notes to PDFs
yes (visible in Mendeley only unless export). Notes in the PDF are not searchable.
The plug-in Zotfile makes the notes in PDFs searchable.
There is a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for the full version of EndNote; however, all functionality for the web portion is listed as not applicable. There is not evidence that it was tested by the vendor. Go to accessibility information from vendoropens new window.