Answered By: David Hughes
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2022     Views: 2


Zotero and Mendeley are apps that you can use to organise and manage the sources that you use in your assignments and studies. Both are recommended for use as they let you:

  • store references in one place 
  • create notes to add to your references
  • create reference lists and in-text citations in a number of different reference styles
  • create citations directly from your sources
  • store files (e.g. PDFs) with your references


Mendeley is owned by Elsevier a huge academic publisher. Mendeley has a better user interface and an integrated PDF viewer. Mendeley also has better support. To use Mendeley, you need to create an account and give Mendeley your email address


Zotero is open source software, which means no-one owns it. While support is not as good as Mendeley's, Zotero and allows has an enthusiastic community of users. Zotero is better at dealing with non-PDF information sources and lets you capture references from a wider variety of sources than Mendeley. Zotero can be used without a login.