Managing references can be done using the bibliographic management tool or also called reference manager or citation manager. The application is used by scholars and authors to record references or citations and apply different bibliographic citation styles. Example of popular bibliographic management tools is Endnote by Thomson Reuters and Mendeley by Elsevier.

The development of reference management software has been driven by the rapid expansion of scientific literature. These software normally consist of a database in which full bibliographic references can be entered, plus a system for generating selective lists of articles in the different formats required by publishers and scholarly journals and integrated with word processors so that a reference list in the appropriate format is produced automatically as an article is written, reducing the risk that a cited source is not included in the reference list. They will also have a facility for importing the details of publications from bibliographic databases.

Once a reference or citation has been recorded, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays. In short, the application help authors to store, manage and search references, create a list of references in word processors, import references from online resources, and generate bibliography according to many citation styles.

what is reference manager?

1. thomas reuters end note

EndNote X9 is the reference management software that not only frees researchers from the tedious work of manually collecting and curating your research materials and formatting bibliographies but also gives researchers greater ease and control in coordinating with others researcher. for more info, please visit https://endnote.com/

2.mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager with web-based, desktop and mobile versions where you can store, organise, highlight and annotate all your PDFs and references. It is also an academic social network where you can create a profile and share the literature you are reading with your research group or co-authors.

Mendeley connects with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX so you can easily add references to your work and create bibliographies.

You can easily sync your library of references between different versions of Mendeley and between different computers. The free version of Mendeley comes with 2GB free storage and over 2,800 citation styles if you require more storage you can upgrade to a premium plan.

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3.zotero

Zotero is a free reference manager, available as an extension to the web browser Firefox or as a desktop application called Zotero Standalone. You can store, organize all your PDFs and references. Zotero's groups give you the ability to share & collaborate among participating group members.

Zotero connects with Microsoft Word and LibreOffice so you can easily add references to your work and create bibliographies. Zotero is installed with several popular citation styles, but there are an additional 8100 styles in the Zotero Style Repository.

You can easily sync your library of references between different versions of Zotero and between different computers. The free version of Zotero comes with 300 MB free storage if you require more storage you can upgrade.

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