Mendeley is a free, easy to use bibliographic management software—tool that helps you collect, organize, cite and share research. Available via Mac, Windows, Linux, Mendeley provides up to 2Gb of online storage and up to 5 private groups of up to 25 members. Although Word integration is excellent, support from the publisher has been inconsistent. Over 1,000 citation styles, including The Bluebook, are supported.
EndNote is a software program that can help you manage your references and format bibliographies and manuscripts.
Zotero is a free, easy to use bibliographic management software—tool that helps you collect, organize, cite and share research. Available via Mac, Windows, and Linux, Zotero creates references and bibliographies directly inside Word, LibreOffice or Google Docs. Over 9,000 citation styles, including The Bluebook, are supported. See Kelvin Smith Library's Zotero guide for more on features and installation.
Automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files. See UC Berkeley's guide for how to install ZotFile.
Perma.cc is a service created by the Harvard Law Library. It's goal is to ensure that references never disappear. It purports to keep any links referenced in your research or publication from changing or disappearing. Its goal is to fight link rot. Go to guides.library.harvard.edu/cite/permacc for details.
Please note that currently the Citation management tools we discuss in this guide do not yet automate the inclusion of Perma.cc links in citations saved by them. Hopefully that will become a forthcoming development for these tools.
There are many more citation management tools available.
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