At their most basic, citation management tools allow you to:
Collect lists of articles, books, webpages (and lots more) for use in research.
Format and create bibliographies using a particular citation style, to export into a research document.
More advanced tools also allow you to:
Link to the source materials.
Store the source materials.
Insert in-text citations and bibliography entries while writing in Microsoft Word.
Collaborate with others.
Which Citation Management Tool Should I Use?
Each citation management tool has its own unique characteristics, and the tool that will be best for you will depend on your research and writing work style and preferences, the types of sources you usually cite, and where and how you do your research.
You can use this comparison chart to decide which citation management tool to try:
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*NOTE* As of July 2016, RefWorks is no longer be available through the U of I Library. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact the Library's Citation Management Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.