Citation management systems (or reference management systems) are software programs designed to help researchers collect, organize, and format citations in a variety of styles. These systems have become "an integral part of the research process for many graduate students." (Rapp, 2011).
There are a variety of citation management systems. This guide provides information on two popular, no-cost systems: Zotero and Mendeley.
Both of these systems can be used very effectively to organize citations. The selection of a citation management system is a personal preference.
Rapp, D. (2011). Reference management tools. Library Journal, 136(19), 38-39.
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