Use citation managers to create your own database of citations that you can re-use over and over again. Citation managers will automatically format citations for you, so you will never have to manually format your in-text citations or bibliographies again. This guide should help you choose which citation manager is best for you.
Citation Manager: an application software designed to enable researchers to collect bibliographic references quickly and easily, cite them properly, organize them effectively, and share them with others. Proprietary examples include EasyBib, EndNote, Mendeley, and RefWorks. A free open source example is Zotero. Synonymous with reference management software.
"Library": your entire list of references. The references in your library can organized in groups or folders
Results vs. References: turn your results (the online article you are reading, webpage, or a list of database search results) into a list of references in your citation manager.
Citation Metadata: the information about the item (title, author, year, place of publication, location on the Web, etc...)
Capture Reference: automatically send citation metadata from the webpage or full-text article you are reading by clicking a button in your browse.
Citation Style: the order in which your citation manager, Microsoft Word, or Google Docs, puts the citation metadata together to make properly formatted in-text citations and references (aka, APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver, AMA styles, etc...
Cite While You Write:
Insert Bibliography/ Reference List:
Bulk Export: send dozens/ hundreds/ thousands citations (i.e. their metadata) from a list of saved results in the database you are searching to your citation manager
Bulk Import: import dozens/ hundreds/ thousands citations (i.e. their metadata) from a list of saved results in the database you are searching to your citation manager.
Switch Citation Managers: if you choose a new citation manager export all your references from the old one and import all of them into a new one.