What can reference management software do for you?
House a living library of sources that grows with your understanding and knowledge over time.
Provide a central access point for all your readings, documents, notes and ideas - on or offline.
Integrate with and enhance your existing workflows as you search, read, reflect, refine your search, evaluate, write, share ideas with a colleague, reflect, write, submit, resubmit, publish your paper...you get the picture!
Help you organise, add value to, and make meaning of your unique collection of sources.
Enable you search for a specific term, abbreviation or personalised shorthand you created in an annotation, tag or note - it's really helpful when you can't remember who wrote or published a paper!
Assist you visually conceptualise your readings and ideas through a personalised group structure.
Alternatively, Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries have a useful online comparison chart, weighing up the pros, cons, and features of seven different reference management programs.
And remember, there's ultimately no right or wrong when it comes to using a reference manager, and you should use the program which you feel best fits your own personal workflow(s), and style of research.