Definition: Citation management software is a software used store and use bibliographic citations (i.e., references). Some of these software are available as online freeware, included in an article database, or as a subscription or software that must be purchased.
Uses: Citation management software allows you to store citations that you either import from databases and library catalogs or enter manually. These management systems also let you edit and modify the citations to add more data or attach documents and other files. You can organize your citations by project, class, or any variety of ways.
Double check citations. Citation management software isn't perfect. Always double check a citation created by a citation management software by referring to the style manual appropriate to the style you are using.
Selected freeware options:
Mendeley is a robust and free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can easily import citations from WMU Library Search and most databases. WMU Libraries offers Mendeley workshops throughout the semester.
Zotero is a free, open-source research management tool that is a Firefox add on. It lets you collect, manage, and cite research resources. Please note that there are known issues with the desktop version of Zotero when trying to import/export citation files (RIS) from Library Search. WMU Libraries offers Zotero workshops throughout the semester.
EasyBib is a free citation management software that works easily with WMU's Library Search. More limited than options listed above.