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Bibliographic Management

A guide to Refworks and Zotero

What is Bibliographic Management Software?

Conducting research can be overwhelming. We find sources on the web, in subscription databases, in print journals, in online journals, in books, in e-books, in newspapers ... the list goes on! Bibliographic managers help to organize your research and translate all of these sources into a working bibliography.

This guide takes a closer look at RefWorks and Zotero, two bibliographic managers.

Which Bibliographic Manager Should You Choose?

Here is a comparison chart of the features of both RefWorks and Zotero. 

Feature RefWorks Zotero
Availability Free for Knox people only, including alumni Free to anyone, but if you need storage > 300 MB there is a cost.
Storage location In the cloud On your own computer, but you can sync with a server in the cloud, and backup options exist.
Browser  Works with any browser Zotero Connector plugin works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari
Citation capture Works by exporting from database then importing to Refworks; searching a database and capturing references within RefWorks is also available Works within a browser window
Bibliography creation Easily done Easily done
Word processor compatibility Requires Write-n-Cite or RefWorks Citation Manager plugin for MS Word; requires RefWorks for Google docs plugin. Works with MS Word, Google docs via plugin that is included with Zotero Standalone version.
Sharing references Settings allow sharing for read-only, annotate, or modify. Can share with non-RefWorks users.  Sharing is done through creation of Groups.
Website capture Use Save to RefWorks browser plug-in. (Install from the Tools menu in your Refworks account.) Zotero does this by default
Organization capability Folder management options Folder management options