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What is Mendeley Reference Manager?

According to Mendeley Reference Manager, it is a "free web and desktop reference management application. It helps you simplify your reference management workflow so you can focus on achieving your goals.

With Mendeley Reference Manager you can:

  • Store, organize and search all your references from just one library.
  • Seamlessly insert references and bibliographies into your Microsoft® Word documents using Mendeley Cite.
  • Read, highlight and annotate PDFs, and keep all your thoughts across multiple documents in one place.
  • Collaborate with others by sharing references and ideas" (Mendeley, 2020).

Introduction Video

Mendeley. (2020). Getting started with Mendeley Reference Manager.

What is Zotero?

"Zotero (zoh-TARE-oh) is an open-source citation manager (Linux, Mac,& PC) and research tool that you install on your computer.

With Zotero, you can:

  • Create, store and manage citations as well as research sources like PDFs, webpages, and personal notes
  • Create (automatically) and format bibliographies, in-text citations, and footnotes directly in Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs
  • Collaborate with colleagues from around the world using the same citations and PDFs using "Group Collections"
  • Add annotations and organize your sources using the Zotfile plugin
  • Store all of your PDFs and research on your computer or in your personal cloud account (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), or*

You can also download a browser extension so you can capture sources directly from online library databases & catalogs or any webpage" (University of Victoria Libraries, 2020).  

Introduction Video

University of Victoria Libraries (2020, August 20). Zotero. Retrieved from

What is EndNote online?

EndNote online is a free reference manager, like Mendeley and Zotero. You can use it to track your sources and automatically generate in-text citations/references. According to the EndNote team, this software will assist you while you:

  • Find: Search hundreds of online databases & save your research, references, PDFs and attachments all in one place.
  • Organize: Keep your research, notes, and annotations organized and easy to access.
  • Create: Use Cite While You Write™ to create and format your bibliographies and CVs.
  • Connect: Follow and discuss research, connect with other researchers, and share your references and idea (The EndNote team, April 6, 2021). 

Access EndNote online by clicking "EndNote online login" in the upper right hand corner of their website.

Introduction Video (skip from 4:17-6:17, as this segment of the video does not pertain to Welder databases).

What is Grammarly?

According to the website, "Grammarly’s AI-powered applications help people communicate more effectively. Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents, and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Grammarly is an Inc. 500 company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Kyiv, and Vancouver.

Grammarly’s sophisticated AI not only corrects your grammatical mistakes but also makes your writing more understandable and helps you make the right impression on the reader based on your audience and goals. In addition, Grammarly is able to check the tone of your correspondence, provide synonym suggestions to make your text more readable and precise, and even check your documents for plagiarism. With Grammarly, you can rest assured that your writing is always held to the highest standard. 

You can create a free account at

To find out more about Grammarly's product and services, please visit this page."

Introduction Video for Grammarly:

What is ProWritingAid? 

ProWritingAid is a software that corrects grammar, punctuation, mechanics, technique, and style. Initially, ProWritingAid was designed for aspiring novelists. Now, students have access to this same high-level software.

According to ProWritingAid, "It uses the power of Artificial Intelligence to help you find and fix common writing issues. It goes way beyond grammar to suggest style improvements that will help you communicate your ideas more clearly.

  • Better writing = better grades.

Students who use ProWritingAid report an immediate improvement in the feedback they receive. Teachers who use ProWritingAid say that the quality of their students' work gets better instantly. They can spend less time correcting punctuation and style errors, and more time assessing their students' ideas."

Introduction Video to ProWritingAid: