Citation managers tools allow you to keep track of the sources (articles, books, websites, etc...) you use in your research and easily create citations and reference lists.
Different citation management platforms have variations in features, options, and capabilities. But all allow you to:
This guide features citation management applications which are free and support APA and Chicago styles.
Even with a citation manager it is good practice to be familiar with the components and proper formatting of the citation style you are using. Minor formatting errors do occur, so always double check your citations for accuracy.
|The accuracy of your citations is a strong indicator to your reader of the quality of your scholarship. Sloppy citations signal sloppy work.|