Mendeley Reviews

Not Well Suited to Primary Source Research

about Mendeley and Zotero · · Helpful Not helpful

If you do a lot of archival research and/or citing of non-published sources (personal correspondence, manuscripts, etc.) in your work, I would not recommend Mendeley. It does not contain the fields you would need to properly cite that kind of material. Zotero is the best alternative I've found for that kind of reference/source management.

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Comparison charts by other developers

about Mendeley and Docear, Qiqqa, colwiz · · Helpful Not helpful

Since I believe that the comparison chart in em4020's review from August 2012 provides a slightly biased picture, I would like to introduce some more (slightly biased) comparison charts :-):

Chart made by Docear

Comparison chart by Colwiz

Chart by Qiqqa

Chart by Refworks

To those who didn't yet realize it: All these charts were created by the developers of the software tools being compared (also the one in em4020's review). I recently wrote about this problem in my Blog http://www.docear.org/2013/08/27/off-topic-which-one-is-the-best-reference-management-software-tool/

[Edited by joeran, October 30]

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easy to use BUT locks you in

about Mendeley and Docear, Zotero · · Helpful Not helpful

mendeley is really easy to use. and excellent retrieval of metadata. but: there is ONE big disadvantage. when you create comments in PDFs, mendeley does not export them. that means you cannot use PDFs and comments in other software. you are locked-in. source: http://www.docear.org/2013/10/14/what-makes-a-bad-reference-manager/ (i tried the export and it's true, comments in pdfs are exported in a crappy format).

i use zotero instead. not that easy to use but open source and excellent community. docear also looks nice.

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Comparison of Mendeley with Zotero und similar Products

about Mendeley and RefWorks, Zotero, EndNote · · Helpful Not helpful

Comparison of Mendeley with Zotero

A complete Comparison you find on http://www.mendeley.com/compare-mendeley/

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Great for references

about Mendeley · · Helpful Not helpful

I love Mendeley for creating and sharing references. A must-have tool for all University students.

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