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. You can export citations directly from a library database into your citation manager. This type of software helps you keep large quantities of resources organized and accessible. You can organize references into folders and add your own annotations.
Most importantly, it will format a paper or bibliography in whatever style you want (APA, MLA, or the style of particular journal). The software works with Microsoft Word and other word processors to automatically add references to your paper and in the proper format.
Learn more about the following citation management software packages on this guide: