Citation management software is also called reference management software or bibliographic management software. Management is what the software does! It lets you
You can choose from a variety of software, some free and some for purchase. Different software offers different features. The best software is the one that works best for you and your needs.
Citation management software can make your life easier, but it is not magic when it comes to one hundred percent citation accuracy. You are still responsible for double-checking that APA citations are correct.
Contact the Writing Center for more information about APA formatting, or take a look at common examples on their APA Reference List page.
How do you decide which software program is best for you? Think about what you need the software to do. Citation management software should be a tool to make your academic life easier!
Knowing what you need the software to do helps you choose software that offers those features.
This chart from Wikipedia compares some of the different citation management software available:
You can use this chart to compare and contrast different features to see which options you may want to explore further.
You can download and experiment with a variety of citation management software in order to try them out.
Some software for purchase will offer a trial for a limited period of time. If not, the software will often have demonstrations and other information on the product available. YouTube can be a great source for demonstration and training videos.
There is nothing that says you must have only one citation management program. You may decide to choose several programs to take advantage of different features.
You may need to investigate potential compatibility issues in using more than one program. You may not be able to have two or more citation management programs open at the same time or this may not be an issue. Using more than one program will depend on the software, its settings, and your computer.
The citation management webinar covers what citation management software is, what it can do for you, and demonstrates how to use it. The webinar looks at how to choose citation management software that will meet your needs.
Video: Citation Management Software: What it can do for you!(YouTube)
Recorded November 2019 (59 min 33 sec)