Why should I invest time in a reference management programme?
A reference management program will help you collect and sort the reference you need in your work. Your program is build like a personal library, costumed for your personal needs.
Your library will also be accessible (for some programs, for example EndNote) through Microsoft Word - this will help you create the references within the text as well as the bibliography in a output style of your choice.
What program should I use?
The Lund University Libraries Head office and LDC have a site license agreement which makes EndNote and RefWorks available to students and faculty at Lund University. The licenses are financed by the Lund University Libraries Head office and distributed by LDC.
There are many other programs available, some you need to buy a license for yourself, other are free accessible on the Internet.
You can find Lunds University Libraries site on Reference management here.
In the PowerPoint presentation below ("Research Collaboration Tools: Reference Management Software") you'll find a short presentation of for example RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley.
The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) option 1 (see PDF) will be the reference format for writing footnotes and bibliography of your final text.
CMS is a writing style commonly used in editing and in academic writing. Please consult the link for further information and read carefully the first and the second page of the document.
You can find quick guide to it here.