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Citation Management

Learn how to use Zotero and EndNote Web


EndNote Basic vs. EndNote Desktop Versions

EndNote offers two platforms, EndNote Web (also known as EndNote Basic) and EndNote as a desktop client:

  • EndNote Basic is a free, web-based citation management tool with 20+ citation export styles (meaning that you can export your results in the format of 20 different styles such as APA, MLA, Harvard Style, etc). A fuller version with 5000+ export styles is available to all NEOMED-affiliated patrons through our ISI Web of Knowledge subscription. Users with personal EndNote Accounts also have access to EndNote Web.
  • The full desktop program is available for purchase and allows user to collect, manage, and cite resources. EndNote Desktop is not supported by NEOMED, but student discounts are available, and for this reason, we recommend Zotero as an alternative that offers a free desktop client. 

EndNote and NLM Style

If you’re using EndNote, keep in mind it’s not an “import it and forget it” tool. You have some things to verify before signing off on the citations since it only knows what you tell it (or what the database tells it). Check the following before finalizing a paper:

  1. Reference type. Make sure each reference in EndNote says “journal article” or whatever it is you’re citing. Sometimes it may come through as a generic reference, or even serial, and the citation will be incorrect. Fixing your reference type will hopefully account for most issues. 
    • ​​Sample journal citation:
      • Ulbrich TR, Dula CAC, Green CG, Porter K, Bennett MS. Factors influencing community pharmacists' enrollment in a state prescription monitoring program. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2010;50(5):588-94.
  2. # of authors included. If over six authors, leave the first 3 in the record and say “et al” afterward.
  3. Year of publication is after the journal abbreviation. 
  4. Your journal title is abbreviated. Search PubMed for the journal title to determine what the abbreviation is. 

Check your results with a standard NLM style citation to ensure the material is all there and correctly formatted. Especially watch for article title translation. Items which should be capitalized are often not (acronyms, program names, etc.)