This sounds creepy but I like the Sage version of Harvard which is one of the least fussy ones with minimal punctuation. I have been following the discussion about citation managers and I still think you can’t go wrong with Zotero, which is very flexible — and ‘free’ (although it only works with Firefox at the moment, which is no problem for me but can upset Microsoft fans). It is being developed by a couple of good US universities too which means lots of active interest. I know Reference Works is good with integrated applications on Moodle — but I don’t think you want things too integrated anyway if you are capturing material across a range.
I use an author-date format (unless a journal requires differently) with in-text citations appearing in reverse chronological order, e.g. (MacQuarrie et al 2007; Barua et al 2004; Ganatra 2000) and full citations in the bibliography appearing as:
Barua, A., Pande, R.P, MacQuarrie, K. and Walia, S. 2004. “Caring Men? Husbands’ Involvement In Maternal Care Of Young Wives.” Economic and Political Weekly 39 (52): 5661-5668.
Ganatra, B., 2000. Abortion research in India: what we know, and what we need to know. In: Jejeebhoy, S. and Ramasubban, R., eds. Women’s Reproductive Health in India. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 186–235.
MacQuarrie, K., Edmeades J., MacAuley C., Nyblade C. and Malhotra, A., 2007. “Women, Husbands, and In-Laws: Abortion Decision-Making in Madhya Pradesh, India.” Presented at Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, March 29-31, 2007 in New York, NY.
and yes, I use a citation manager. Currently, I use EndNote but have also used Reference Manager in the past. Ref Manager works a bit better in a multi-user environment, but EndNote is sufficient for my current needs.