Checklist for Evaluating Sources:
Reference management programs allow you to build a personal database of your references to articles, books, websites - any information source - and then easily create bibliographies and reference lists using any particular style, without having to retype or reformat. See this overview of reference management programs widely used at Dartmouth.
RefWorks is a web-based reference management program that allows users to create their own personal database of references by importing references from online databases (eg Web of Science). RefWorks makes it easy to search, sort, and cite these references in writing papers and then to automatically format the paper and the bibliography. You can create more than one account, so can create shared accounts for group projects.Learn to use RefWorks in 20 minutes
Zotero is an open source program that you download for free; it works well as a Firefox extension on all platforms but there is now a standalone option too. Zotero is great at grabbing descriptive information from web pages that allows you to cite that page. It will also save full text and associate that with your reference. Zotero downloads RIS formatted references. Help with Zotero
From this source, a brief description of the Author-Date style: "The author-date system of documentation comprises two indispensable parts: a complete list of sources cited, often called a reference list (the term used in this chapter), and very brief text citations, usually enclosed in parentheses."