Bibliographic Management Software (or Reference Management software)
Bibliographic management software allows a researcher to create a database or library of references. Records can be created for many different types of materials such as books, journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, art work, recordings, Web pages, letters, manuscripts, etc. These records can be entered manually or imported directly from a host of library catalogs and commercial databases.
Once a record is in the database, the researcher can create bibliographies of all or selected records, search the database to find records on a specific subject or by an author, and format references in specific bibliographic styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) and create in-text citations and lists of references while working in word processing software.
Other features may include pdf storage and pdf searching and notetaking capabilities.
There are many bibliographic management software programs and the Library does not endorse one program over another.
Description of software programs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_management_software
Comparison of bibliographic management software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software