As a University student you may have heard the terms RefWorks or EndNote.
RefWorks and EndNote are citation management tools, also known as bibliographic software.
These tools help you manage your research by storing all the information sources and references you use when researching for a paper, essay or thesis. They allow you to create a personal database of all the sources you have used while conducting your research, and organize these references. References can be automatically exported from databases, websites and catalogues into your personal database.
Some bibliographic software tools interact with your word processing program and allow you to correctly format in-text citations and even create your bibliography at the end of your paper.
Some of these products have versions adapted for use on mobile devices (RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero)
There are basically two types of citation management tools:
– software programs that you install on your computer
– EndNote Online
Also note that some tools are free and others are cost-based.
Library staff at the U of C have created guides to assist with your choice of citation management tool as well as assistance using the various tools.
Check out these guides:
– Bibliographic Software Overview (includes a comparison chart)