Right now I am writing a series of historical essays. There will likely be some 50 citations.

I would like to have these all in a very organized manner.

I am currently using an Excel Spreadsheet which has categories such as "War of 1812," then a column for quotes, with a note attached to the quote which tells me additional information (e.g., interview conducted September 1811), and then a hyperlink to the source if one is available.

The necessity of organizing all of these by their category (i.e., having all hyperlinks, quotes, and articles which are associated with 1812) is that if I write another essay about the same subject, I have all of the relevant information compiled. If I am emailed about information, I can easily select the 1812 category, and have all of the citations in front of me for a response.

This has been very effective, but I am curious if there is a better way of going about it.

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  • I used jabref and liked it. – Sascha Aug 12 at 20:33
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    This may get closed for now as a "shopping" question (but see academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4516/…). But there is a class of software called "reference managers". Examples that you could look into are Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote. Zotero would be my recommendation. – Flyto Aug 12 at 20:40
  • I think this is probably a duplicate: Essentially you're asking how to manage your bibliography, which has been answered (I just can't find the right page). Try searching this site. – user2768 Aug 13 at 6:19
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    Possible duplicate of Free, open-source substitutes for Mendeley? – Ian Aug 13 at 6:34

Use Zotero, thats a citation manager, you can install it in your browsers, it connects to Microsoft Office and Libre Office, and even works as an stand alone software. yes, it can categorize.

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