- describes a book, journal article, website, or other published item
- gives credit to the originator of an idea, thus preventing plagiarism
- enables the reader to retrieve the item you refer to
- includes the author, title, source (publisher and place of publication or URL), and date
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For detailed comparisons of Citation Management Software features see Wikipedia's "Comparison of reference management software" page.