A reference manager is the software you use to handle references and full-text documents, and citations while writing. References can be handled manually as well, but the reference manager allows for greater flexibility and efficiency.
These output styles can be used to
automatically format the citations in the text
as well as the reference list at the end of an
article. The programs will automatically format
your references in any style you choose, such as
MLA, APA or the style of a particular journal.
- collect and organize references from many
different resources into your own personal,
- create formatted bibliographies and reading lists
- develop lists of cited papers as footnotes or as endnotes at the conclusion of scholarly papers
Some widely used reference management and formatting software applications are: