Citation managers (also known as citation management software, reference managers etc.),
are available to help you collect, organize, cite and share references.
"Many students struggle when citing sources in their research papers and have turned to web-based citation tools in increasing numbers" (Homol, 2014, p.552).
Citation managers allow you to:
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Choosing a citation manager that's right for you largely depends on the intended purpose and may be different for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members.
You may find it useful to consult with your peers and faculty supervisors to get their advice on appropriate software.
There are more than two dozen different citation management programs available and many are free or free up until a certain storage capacity.
Three popular and freely available citation managers include: EndNote Basic, Mendeley and Zotero.
All 3 of these citation managers:
Detailed comparisons of citation managers can be found online and as published journal articles.