Managing your scholarship: Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero?

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  • To provide introduction to three citation management tools, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero
  • To highlight the advantages/disadvantages (pros/cons) and facilitate a comparison for participants
  • To begin a dialogue with UBC grad students and faculty about managing their scholarly references

Session overview

Managing references, articles and bibliographies is a critical part of virtually every academic or scholarly research project. However, selecting the best online tool for the job can be a major challenge for grad students and faculty. This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide an overview to three of the more popular reference management tools in academia -- Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero -- and will highlight the strengths (and weaknesses) (pros/cons) of each. Which tool(s) are used most often in science? In the humanities and social sciences? When full-text downloading with PDFs, which tool performs the best? Finally, which of these tools is open-source and free and which requires affiliation to an academic institution?

This workshop is an opportunity to explore three current reference management tools in a computer lab with three UBC reference librarians who use them in their work.


  • Graduate students & faculty members


  • Woodward Library, Teaching Lab - Rm B25



  • 2.0 hours (Lecture, hands-on, examples, discussion)
  • 1.0 hours (One-on-one interaction with instructors)

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