Why use a reference manager?
Reference managers (also called "bibliographic software" or "citation managers") are designed to...
- track where you found a particular idea, picture, fact, or quote so it can be properly cited later.
- organize your references by research project in your own searchable database.
- import references from online databases, library catalogs, journal indexes and web sites.
- automatically format your references into any style you choose, such as MLA, or APA.
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Other (Free) Options
Mendeley is a free pdf organizer, reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
Mendeley's features are outlined briefly and clearly in this overview.
Short video tutorials show you how to import documents, generate citations, organize your library, create public and private groups, and create an author profile.
Create a free account and download Mendeley here.
Papers allows you to search for, download and organize pdfs together with supplementary material, You can also read them full screen, highlight and keep notes, sync them to your iPad or iPhone, cite them in your favorite word processor, share them with your colleagues, and much much more.
Papers is available for purchase, with a student discount, for Mac, Windows, and iOS.