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When you're working on an assignment or studying, you will gather lots of references to authors, book titles, journal articles, web pages and other sources that you will want to remember and go back to. It can be really easy to lose track of these, so it’s a good idea to have a system in place to organise them. For assignments, one way to do this is to use citation/referencing management software. Such software can:
store, on your device or in the cloud, details about the sources that you use
generate in-text citations
capture the online full-text of the source
There are three components to reference managers
A desktop application, in which you access the sources that you have captured
A browser add-on, for capturing sources from web pages
A word processor plugin for adding in-text citations
Mendeley and Zotero are the two most widely used reference managers and are described below.
Mendeley and Zotero are both excellent products; both will effectively manage your sources and generate citations & reference lists. One difference between them is that Mendeley is owned by a commercial publishing company named Elsevier, while Zotero is open source software. The library recommends using Zotero and provides an online Zotero tutorial.