|I need to...||Use:||Why:|
|...work on a mobile device||
EndNote for iOS for both mobile and iPad that allows you to view, edit, and share citations and PDFs by syncing to your EndNote Online account.
SciWheel has an iOS and Android app to use on phone or tablet to read, annotate, and save articles to sync with desktop account.
Papers has a mobile app for both iOS and Android that seamlessly syncs across all platforms.
Zotero for Mobile is available for iOS. There are also unofficial apps available for Android. There is also a web-based library that is mobile optimized.
PaperPile allows you to view all the PDFs in your collection through the Google Drive app on any mobile device.
|...work without an Internet connection||
EndNote and Papers are both desktop based products that run from your hard drive so you will have access to your personal library. Online searching will not work without an Internet connection.
Mendeley has a desktop component but it must be synced with an Internet connection.
Zotero has a desktop component but it must be synced with an Internet connection.
|...collaborate with colleagues||
EndNote 20 has sharing capabilities that work with EndNote Online where up to 400 people can be added to share your library through your synced EndNote Online account. You must remember to sync your desktop account to EndNote web for this to work. If you have multiple libraries, syncing will merge them.
SciWheel has private projects where members can share citations and full-text. You must be at an institution with SciWheel to create a project but can invite anyone from any institution to join a project.
Mendeley's free account allows a private group with up to 3 people where you can share a library and all members have access to full-text and editing abilities.
Zotero Groups allows for sharing and collaborating, as well as web-based bibliographies. It also allows for finding other groups and people with similar research interests and the sources they are citing.
PaperPile is designed for collaboration, but it must be within the Google (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs).
|...use a non-MSK computer||
SciWheel is tied to Faculty of 1000 which is a subscription database that MSK has access to. In order to use SciWheel you must create an account while on the MSK network, and after that you can access it from anywhere by logging in.
Mendeley and Zotero are both free for the basic accounts and can be downloaded on non-MSK computers.
Papers can be downloaded for $79 and can be installed on up to two computers. It also has a web app that runs in the cloud that syncs to all devices.
PaperPile can be accessed anywhere you can access your personal Gmail account.
|...have assistance with using the product||
Contact the Reference Desk at 639-7439 during library hours for assistance with using any citation manager.
EndNote has a fantastic technical support team that you can call or message Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm ET to help you with all technical issues or questions. They also have an extensive video tutorial library and user guides on their website.
Mendeley has email, chat, and Twitter support through their parent company Elsevier.
Papers has an extensive support page and questions can be submitted through a ticketing system.
|...be updated on retractions in my library||
New in EndNote version 20.3 -- Retraction alerts in Cite While You Write (CWYW) protect you from accidentally citing problematic sources in your manuscripts. Endnote version 20.2.0 provides retraction alerts for publications in your library.
Papers has expanded their retraction data, bringing in data from RetractionWatch to provide retraction alerting within libraries and while citing.
Zotero has partnered with RetractionWatch and the latest Zotero Beta will automatically check for retracted papers.
...use a cloud-based word processor
Microsoft Word 365 Online
SciWheel is compatible with Word Online. Access and cite references from SciWheel and search for new references in PubMed directly from within Word Online using the SciWheel Word add-in.
Mendeley is compatible with Word Online using their Mendeley Cite add-in.
Papers is experiencing issues with it's SmartCite Add-in being blocked by Word Online. If you do not have access to desktop Word, contact Papers Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will run the update for you.
SciWheel is compatible with Google Docs. Access and cite references and from SciWheel and search for new references in PubMed directly from within Google Docs using the Google Docs add-on.
Zotero is compatible with Google Docs. The Zotero Connector adds the Zotero menu directly into Google Docs and a toolbar button for one-click citing.
PaperPile seamlessly integrates into Google Docs using Google Chrome once PaperPile's Chrome extension is installed and logged in.
Papers is compatible with Google Docs using their SmartCite Add-In.