Reference management (RM) software has been developed to assist (scientific/scholarly) users in creating well-organized bibliographies and sources of all sorts (images, archival materials, websites, etc.).
Versions of this type of software exits for single users and for users working in collaboration (based on internet technology; e.g. Connotea and del.icio.us). In most packages the user may prepare different presentations (~output styles) of his/her collected references, depending on the stylistic preferences of journals, books, etc. he/she intends to publish in.
The user of a reference management tool may realize data entry manually, but it is equally possible to import records from databases of bibliographic records, using import filters and other optional tools. A recent development is that publishers offer facilities to harvest literature references via their websites. Pushing a button suffices in that case to add a literature reference to one’s own bibliography.
Packages for reference management are nowadays designed to work together with regular office software. When elaborating an article with your text editor (e.g. MS Word), you can instantly access your reference manager to insert notes and lists of publications. This way you enter data once, whilst these data may be re-used (and shared with colleague scholars) several times.
A special brand of reference managers is integrated in today’s webbrowsers, displaying results in so-called boomarks or favorites. An alternative for these browser services are online RM’s like del.icio.us and Connotea.
One more step? Link to: Reference management @ DHLU Web