Zotero is a free citation management application that manages citations and related research materials (such as PDFs). Zotero is available in both an online and desktop version. Both are free and can be easily synced together. To utilize all of the tools located within Zotero, you will need both the online and desktop versions.
Zotero will allow you to:
Getting Started with Zotero
See the Zotero quick start guide for assistance getting going
MIT also has a fantastic Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Creating In-Text Citations Using Zotero and Microsoft Word
Step 1: Download the Zotero Microsoft Office plugin. Launch Zotero Desktop.
Step 2: In Microsoft Word, you will see a Zotero Tab. When you want to insert an in-text citation select "Add/Edit Citation."
Step 3: Choose your citation style from the menu (such as APA, Chicago, IEEE, etc.).
Step 4: A search bar will appear. You can search and insert one or more references at a time.
Creating a Reference Section (or Bibliography) Using Zotero and Microsoft Word
Step 1: After you enter you in-text citations (see steps above) select the Insert Bibliography button in the Zotero tab within Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. You can change bibliographic styles with the "Document Preferences" button.
Getting Citation Information from Article Databases
UDiscover or Ebsco Databases
Step 1: From an individual record in UDiscover, click the Export button on the right side of the screen.
Step 2: Choose Save citations to a file formatted for: Direct Export in RIS Format.
Step 4: In the Zotero client, go to FILE-->IMPORT and select the .ris file you just downloaded. The citation will now appear in your library.
Note: These instructions will work any other database with the EBSCO interface. Alternatively, you can select multiple records and batch export records found in your EBSCO folder.
Web of Science
Step 1: In the Web of Science, select files you wish to add to Zotero.
Step 1: In PubMed, choose the article you wish to add to Zotero. In the upper right corner click Send to: drop arrow.
Step 2: Under Choose Destination, click Citation manager. Then click Create File; a .nbib file wil be downloaded to your computer.
Step 3: In the Zotero client,go to FILE-->IMPORT and select the .nlib file you just downloaded. The citation will now appear in your library.
Step 1: In Google Scholar find the article you wish to add to Zotero. Click the Cite button under its description.
Step 2: At the bottom of the Cite box that appears, click RefMan; a .ris file will be downloaded to your computer.
Step 3: In the Zotero client,go to FILE-->IMPORT and select the .ris file you just downloaded. The citation will now appear in your library.