What is a citation management tool?
Citation management tools allow users to retrieve information, such as books, articles and Web sites from the Internet, including library databases. These tools let users organize their citations in folders, or collections, and they work with word processing software to insert properly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies.
Zotero is a free, open source web-based citation management tool that allows you to collaborate with others and works well with a variety of file formats (e.g. PDFs, HTML files, JPGs). Self-guided instructions in the form of tutorials, FAQ, and help are available here.
Mendeley is a free citation management tool that works very well with PDFs and allows you to collaborate with others. Self-guided instructions in the form of tutorials, FAQ, and help are available here.
These are some of the most common citation styles used in astrophysics and planetary science. Many journals use their own citation style, so if you don't see your style, try searching the Internet by the journal's name and the words, "author guidelines."
Scientific Citation Styles
Other Citation Styles