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OOMPH Library Resources: First On-Campus Week & PHW 200E: Keep Track of Your Citations

Citing and Keeping Track of Citations

EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, and other bibliographic management programs will:
    - Let you create a database of citations you find;
    - Let you organize these citations in folder or groups
    - Link to PDF files, or store PDF files in your database;
    - Work with Microsoft Word to correctly cite citations into your document;
    - Allow for some degree of sharing.

Information on a student discount for EndNote is available from the University of California; you can also download a free 30 day trial.

RefWorks is licensed by the UCB Library and is free to use for UCB students.

Zotero and Mendeley are free.

Learn how to use these programs:
» EndNote exercise set (DOCX)
» RefWorks exercise set (PDF)
» Zotero exercise set (DOCX)
» Menedely exercise set


Literature Review Matrix (.doc):
This chart may help you organize what you find in your literature search.
This is a simplified version of the matrix presented in
Health sciences literature review made easy: the matrix method (J. Garrard; Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2011), available in the Public Health Library (and other UCB libraries), call number R118.6 .G37 2011.

Save your search strategies
Nearly all the databases you use to find articles, etc., retain your search history. Literature reviews, like epidemiological research, should be rigorous and reproducible. Save or print your search history to help document your search strategy, which will include:

  • the date of the search,
  • search terms used (keywords, title words, MeSHs, thesaurus terms, descriptors),
  • any limits (eg, language, publication dates) that you placed on your search.
  • how many relevant citations you found in each database.

» Using PubMed's Clipboard and My NCBI can help with both saving your search strategy and the citations you find. See links on the PubMed Tips & Tricks Guide

Citation Machine

Besides the programs noted on the left, there are other, easy-to-use, free ways to generate citations. 

Citation Machine is one. 

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