It doesn't matter whether you use citation management software, a hand-written log, or something in-between, just make sure you meticulously organize and track your sources and citations. This will allow you to easily:
- Create your bibliography.
- Find the materials you have referenced.
- Ensure you are not plagiarizing materials.
Using a program called a citation manager will help you by keeping your articles all in one place and is the recommended method for citation management. UW-supported citation managers include:
RefWorks - The standard for UW students. Available to you through a UW subscription.
EndNote - The basic version is also available to you through a UW subscription.
Mendeley - A free citation management system.
Zotero - A free citation management system.
Which program will work best for you? Check out this comparison chart.