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Managing Your References with EndNote: EndNote vs. Mendeley

Endnote vs. Mendeley

Last reviewed July 2018

EndNote and Mendeley are comparable on some but not all major features. Choose based on those most important to you.

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Managing References with EndNote (HSLS)

EndNote @ Pitt (ULS)

Mendeley @ Pitt (ULS)
Access Ubiquitous access to your references                             Available only on computers that have the EndNote desktop program installed and that have access to your EndNote reference library. Also available: EndNote Online, which can be synched with only one library at a time. Available wherever you have web access and on computers with Mendeley Desktop installed, which can be synched with Mendeley web account.
Finding and working with references Search databases directly from product. (Note: Alternative for either product is to search databases directly, then import search results. This is a more effective, powerful way to search.) Yes. Search free resources such as PubMed and PittCat plus many HSLS subscription resources (such as Ovid) directly from within EndNote. No, but can look up a known item by DOI, PMID or ArXiv ID.  
Download references easily from PubMed search  Yes. Download <= 200 citations using PubMed's Citation Manager option. Download > 200 citation by creating a .txt file and importing it into EndNote. Yes. Download <= 200 citations using Mendeley Web importer. Download > 200 citations using Mendeley's drag and drop feature.
PMCIDs included in citation records Yes. No. 
Detection and removal of duplicate citations Yes, using user criteria to define duplicates. Removal can be done automatically or manually. Yes, but does not allow for duplicate criteria to be set by user. Note: Mendeley has a built-in process to detect and remove any duplicates within an imported file; this feature cannot be turned off. 
Formatting Works with Word to insert formatted citations into your document Yes, using Cite While You Write feature in Word. This is included in the default EndNote installation configuration. Yes, using the MS Word Plugin, which can be installed from the Mendeley Desktop program.
Edit existing citation styles or create your own Yes. Yes (using CSL Editor), but more challenging than EndNote.
PDFs PDF storage capacity Not limited by program itself, though your computer or server may have limited storage capacity.

Users with a free Mendeley account are allocated 2 GB private storage and 100 MB shared storage.

Automatic renaming of stored PDFs Yes. When downloading PDFs, there is the option to give them meaningful file names including your choice of elements (such as author, year, title). Yes. In the desktop version saved documents can be renamed using standard fields: title, journal, author, and/or year.
Find full-text Yes. No. 
Sharing Built-in feature for sharing references with others Yes. You can sync and share one library with other EndNote users (number varies depending on version) or compressed libraries can be shared. Yes, using Mendeley groups feature you can create either a public or private group.
Includes research discovery tools No.   Yes. Mendeley’s searchable research catalog is a crowd sourced database of citations aggregated from the uploaded documents of Mendeley users. The catalog includes "related research" links. 
Includes social networking features No.  Yes.  When you sign up for a Mendeley account, a researcher profile is automatically created which can then be followed by other researchers. Public groups also allow for crowd sourced contributions/discussion on a topic.

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