Medical historians can benefit from the use of academic reference managers. The more advanced reference managers provide article indexing and search capabilities, cloud-based services, biographic and footnote managers, as well as tight integration with leading word processors, such as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
The advantages of using a reference manager are considerable. It can help the busy historian quickly locate and identify sources and manage citations without having to retype them. In essence, it serves as a centralized storage receptacle for the sources (both primary and secondary) associated with your project.
The following reference managers offer the widest array of features:
Developed by: Mendeley Ltd.
Web Site: http://www.mendeley.com/
Developed by: Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
Web Site: http://www.zotero.com/
Developed by: Thomson Reuters
Web Site: http://www.endnote.com/