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Free EndNote Alternatives

The best free alternative to EndNote is Zotero, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to EndNote and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to EndNote are Mendeley, Qiqqa, JabRef and Citavi.

EndNote alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Document Managers or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of EndNote.
This page was last updated Apr 22, 2022
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  1. Zotero icon

    Zotero

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, share research and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.

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    Zotero vs EndNote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Zotero is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Consistent research sources management. No hidden fees. Nice UI.

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    JohnFastman

    Probably the best open source alternative to Endnote, even though it does lack some functionality. Most notably, it lacks the ability to make composite references (ie reference 1 a)... b)... c...). However, from a privacy perspective and the fact that its excellent browser plugins can save information conveniently, it's still highly recommended.

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  2. Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and generating bibliographies with 1GB of free online storage to automatically back up and synchronize your library...

    Generate Bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
    Mendeley vs EndNote opinions
    Most users think Mendeley is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Large free online storage. Integrates well with Word. Easy to use. Regular email of like-minded articles.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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  3. Qiqqa is a free research and reference manager. Search for, read and annotate your PDFs. Then review your work, write up and create bibliographies instantly.

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    Qiqqa vs EndNote opinions
    Most users think Qiqqa is a great alternative to EndNote.

    Much more powerful and flexible

    Positive comment almost 6 years ago
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    JabRef

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Microsoft Edge

    Bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.

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    JohnFastman

    JabRef is excellent, free and open source. Unfortunately, EndNote is likely to be attractive to those seeking integration with MS Word; JabRef does not do this as it is oriented more towards LaTeX users. There is a work around to this, but it is tedious (based on exporting the bibliography as a Sources.xml file and importing that to Word.)

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  5. A handy, intuitive reference-managing tool. Citavi researches in over 4800 databases and catalogs, organizes and structures your literature, references, quotes and idea collections and assists you with your documentation or publication.

    Simple Navigation on the left, the editing pane in the middle, preview on the right (for PDF and text documents, images, Web pages, etc.).   All You Need You can add ratings, quotations, comments, thoughts, tasks, locations, and links to other references and files. Citavi is your complete toolbox for academic writing.


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    KBibTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    KBibTeX is a reference management software primarily for BibTeX which is typically used in conjunction with TeX/LaTeX.

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    Weava

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Google Chrome

    Weava is a collaborative workplace for research offering an easy way to highlight, organize and collaborate on your research articles.

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    wizdom.ai

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    wizdom.ai (formerly colwiz) is a free and comprehensive research management software for researchers, academics and students. With the wizdom.ai android app, you can search, add and manage publications in your wizdom.ai library on the go. Sync instantly across wizdom.

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    EasyBib

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Google Drive - Docs

    Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.

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  10. Zenreader is a desktop app to take notes, organise your knowledge and produce great work in no time. It is a powerful productivity tool that includes tagging, reference management and keeping track of your progress.

    Zenreader's PDF Reader and Highlighting engine.
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