Bibliography Management software organizes the references (citations) that you collect while you are doing lit searches. Many have cloud-based storage and offer capabilities of reformatting your citations into the style of your choice. Some can connect to your stored citations while you are actually writing your paper, allowing you to pull citations into your paper as needed, and automatically reformat them to the citation style you need. Here's brief info on a three software programs that the ISU Library supports.
EndNote and EndNote Web are two different products produced by the same company.
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Mendeley also has both a desktop version and a cloud-based version. Unlike EndNote, Mendeley's desktop version is free and must be downloaded onto your computer. The cloud-based version of Mendeley is also free.
Mendeley's desktop version has the greater functionality, while its cloud-based version provides some social network features. You can sync your records among the two versions also. Unlike EndNote, there is a greater need to use both Mendeley's desktop version and its cloud-based version together.
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Free download from the web, and works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. As with the other software, Zotero allows you to collect, organize, and use your citations to create bibliographies, reading lists, and inline citations as you're writing your paper.
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