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Referencing Style Guide & Tools: Endnote vs Zotero

Endnote versus Zotero?

                                                                                      Endnote                                                                                              Zotero

Latest version




Offers more features than  Zotero

Available through NTG approved  Software List for use on NTG assets



Standalone purchase required approximately $460

Online web version is free

Open source software  - free to download


Unlimited references and storage locally

Online version limited to 50,000 references and 2GB storage

Additional storage costs apply over 300MB, managed via the online account used to sync your references across different devices.

If you choose to store references on one device only there is no limit to the number of references you can add to your library.


Installation can be requested through IT services after purchasing a licence. 

Online version can be freely accessed, request through IT services for the installation of Cite While You Write Add-in 

Can be requested on any computer through the IT service catalogue. 

Operating systems

Windows, MacOS Windows, MacOS

Online components

A free EndNote online account provides limited functionality, it can be used as an adjunct to the desktop product and allows syncing and sharing references.  Allows syncing and sharing of references via an online account with


iPad app available Third party apps available

Word processor compatibility

MS Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice MS Word, Google Docs, LibreOffice


‘Cite While You Write’ plug-in (require installation by IT Services on an NTG Asset) Plug-ins should be automatically installed on your supported Word Processor upon download and installation of Zotero.
Citation Styles Over 6000 styles available

Over 8000 free styles available

Database imports



Webpage capture Yes, with ‘Endnote Click’ browser extension Yes, with the ‘Zotero Connector’ browser extension

File attachments

Files can be attached to references (most commonly, PDFs)

Files can be attached to references (most commonly, PDFs)

PDF notes

Yes, annotate, highlight and underline 


Filing options

Yes, create groups and group sets for their references

Users can create folders to organise their references


Can share reference groups/libraries with EndNote online

Ability to create public groups