As a freshman, your term papers may be short ones with only a little literature research involved, but as you progress farther into your course work you'll be asked to do more. Papers will be longer and the references in your bibliography are expected to be highly relevant to the specific topic under study. You may even be asked to do an extensive review of all the literature within a topic which will require you to keep track of many references (maybe even a hundred or more).
Citation management software helps you not only keep track of those references but also helps you format the references into different citations styles (see Citing Sources). You may have used some of this type of software or the simpler citation maker software in high school - Noodle, EasyBib and Citation Maker are some of the more popular ones.
At ASU you are provided with RefWorks (http://www.asu.edu/refworks); there is no charge for this service and you can have as many RefWorks accounts as you like. You can even have an account for a team and share the account name/password among the team members.
So when you are assigned a project that requires an extensive literature review - remember that RefWorks is available - it's a great time saver.
Want to know more about what RefWorks can do for you? RefWorks provides a complete set of 30 tutorials running for slightly over two hours.
There's no need to view all the tutorials, we recommend the following to get you started:
1.0 Introduction (47s)
1.1 Accessing RefWorks, Creating an Account and Logging In (2m 53s)
To access the ASU version of RefWorks, go to http://www.asu.edu/refworks or go to the Libraries home page at http://lib.asu.edu scroll down to "Frequently Used Resources" and click on "RefWorks"
1.2 Adding References Using Direct Export (2m 14s)
1.3 Organizing Imported References into Folders (2m 7s)
1.5 Creating a Bibliography (1m 53s)
2.2 Adding References by Importing Text Files (2m 9s)
2.3 Adding References by Manual Entry (1m 55s)
There is also a printable Quick Start Guide you can print out and refer to while working in your RefWorks account.