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Science Writing

Citation Managers

Creating and managing citations can be a hassle, but you can use a citation manager to make things easier. A citation manager is a software that will automatically format citations for you, allowing you to easily create a bibliography when you're done writing. However, it's very important to always double-check your citations for accuracy
                                                                
How do I download it? Click here  Click here  No desktop application -- access it online here
How much does it cost?  It's free! (with costs for upgraded storage) It's free! (with costs for upgraded storage) The library pays for a subscription so that it's free to every W&M student/faculty.       
How much storage does it offer?  2 GB cloud storage  300 MB cloud storage (but unlimited on desktop application) Unlimited
Can it store articles (PDFs)? Yes -- you can "drag and drop" and organize your PDFs into folders. PDFs are fully keyword searchable.  Yes -- you can "drag and drop" and organize your PDFs into folders. PDFs are fully keyword searchable. No
Can I use it to collaborate on a group project? Yes -- you can create groups that then share documents and citations.  Yes -- you can create groups that then share documents and citations. Kind of -- you can create a shared folder that other people can view, but not contribute to.
Can I use it across different devices?  Yes -- it has a web platform as well as a desktop application, and they sync.  Yes -- it has a web platform as well as a desktop application, and they sync. Yes -- it is entirely web-based. 
Can I use it to make citations & bibliographies as I write? Yes -- you can download a plugin for Word or LibreOffice that will let you cite as you go.  Yes -- there is a Word and LibreOffice plugin that downloads standard with the desktop Zotero application. Yes -- you can download the "Write-N-Cite" plugin for Word that lets you cite as you go. 
Does it let me annotate (write & highlight) articles that I have stored? Yes No No -- does not store PDF's.

What citation style do I use?

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