For a smaller term paper or the likes, you might not need a citation manager software. You will of course need to keep track of the resources that you consult and engage (as any good researcher must), whether you take the older index card approach or using a software program manager like Bookends or Sente. I wrote many papers in college with the index method, as I read and learned much from (now) Booth, Colomb, Williams. I later digitized all my index cards and notes into a software manager. At first, I used Bookends with Mellel. I worked from these two software programs for years. My latest writing project was about 150 pages. I used Mellel and Sente, the latter due to its cloud storage and accompanying iPad app. Whatever you use—be it an index card system or software—I cannot stress enough the importance of good note taking habits and an efficient retrieval system. Think about it.
Edited by James Tucker, 23 July 2014 - 07:41 AM.