Citation management software (or bibliographic management software) allows you to create your own personal library of references to books, articles and documents. References can include citation information (author, title, publisher, etc.) as well as annotations, graphics, and even copies of the documents themselves.
The software works with Microsoft Word and other word processors to automatically add references to your paper and format your bibliography in the proper style (MLA, APA, Chicago Style, etc.).
Learn more about the following citation management software packages on this and other guides.
Note: For a nice comparison of the pros and cons of these tools please see:
Ivey, Camille; Crum, Janet. Choosing the right citation management tool: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, or Zotero. Journal of the Medical Library Association, [S.l.], v. 106, n. 3, p. 399–403, July 2018.
Citation Style Language
The open source Citation Style Language (CSL) projects goal is to facilitate scholarly publishing by automating the formatting of citations and bibliographies. We develop the Citation Style Language and maintain a crowdsourced repository with over 9500 free CSL citation styles.