Previously I posted about Zotero, and I am using Zotero primarily in my academic study. At the same time, I used Mendeley to manage all the PDF files that I am studying. Recently, I found that inserting new citation in my document using Zotero is a little bit slower (too many references), and at the same time I need to use Mendeley to read the journal articles and search for the text. Therefore, I was wondering whether can I depend on Mendeley only, so that I need not to use Zotero together. So, I converted my document manually and change the citation to Mendley. Then I discovered the following feature differences:
|Save to library from web browser||Using bookmarklet.
Allow to save PDF to the library depending on the sites.
I found that it may miss some authors, or wrong item type.
Chrome/Safari extension connected to Zotero Standalone.
There is bookmarklet.
Using bookmarklet can save the PDF to the cloud storage, but not local computer.
I found that the saved items are more complete and more accurate than Mendeley
|Can search and view the text in the PDF, integrated to Mendeley Desktop||Cannot search the text in the PDF|
|Citation detection in document||Can detect new citation, and allows to insert into library.||Cannot.|
|Insert citation in document||Mendeley Desktop will grab the focus and the window will on top of the document, makes me cannot read the text.||Zotero will popup a small bar to insert the citation.|
|LibreOffice extension toolbar||Cannot hide the label.||Can hide the label.|
Because of limited quota, that is why I avoid saving PDF to the Zotero. Mendeley is able to integrate with Zotero. I have not try this feature, not sure whether it is good or bad. And I also found that, inserting Zotero citation is faster than Mendeley. But Mendeley has a very good feature to detect the citations in the document (I think that is why it is slower).