Reference/citation management software helps you organize the information sources that you find and automates the process of creating your bibliography. Many reference management software packages are available, each of them with their own strengths and weaknesses. Western Libraries doesn't subscribe to any of these packages, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones.
Mendeley is a free reference management software system. Its features include the ability to manage, share, read, annotate, and cite reference papers. It supports private and public collaborations and offers 2 GB of online storage.
Mendeley has desktop and online components. You need an account to use Mendeley. Click the "Create a free account" tab on the Mendeley website to set one up.
Citations can be imported from websites, databases, and PDF documents.
Drag and drop a PDF file on your computer into your Mendeley Desktop. The bibliographic information will automatically be extracted and organized by title, author, year, journal title, etc.
Import references from databases using Mendeley's "Web Importer" OR using the .ris, .nbib, or BibText formats.
Download the Word plugin (from the Tools menu of Mendeley Desktop). Have both your Word document and your Mendeley Desktop library open. Citations from Mendeley Web cannot be inserted.
Mendeley's Videos and Tutorials Site offers more tutorials.