Citation management tools are a good way to keep track of sources for research as well as help cite them in most citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). While details will differ from tool to tool, they all generally have the following capabilities:
These tools are helpful for organizing and keeping track of research sources and save time in citing them, but they aren't perfect. When using them, remember:
Everyone has their own preferences, and ultimately it's up to the user to decide what works best for them. This guide aims to introduce a few, some of which you may already be familiar with, in an effort to help with the choice. You can also:
It's important to note that the only tools UC offers support for are RefWorks and Microsoft Word's built in citation tool. Unfortunately, we can't offer support for others at this moment, but we have links on this guide to the tools' help pages as a reference for anyone who needs assistance with them.