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. RefWorks also works with Google Docs.
The link above will lead you to a guide with detailed information on each.
EndNote is available at a substantial student discount from the University of California; you can also download a free 30 day trial. Guide to using EndNote.
RefWorks is licensed by the UCB Library and is free to use for UCB students.
Guide to using RefWorks. How To Use RefWorks in 20 minutes - Youtube playlist
» Using RefWorks with the proxy server?
To use RefWorks with the proxy server, you must first visit any non-https website, such as www.oed.com; then you can log on to RefWorks..
Zotero and Mendeley are freely available. Guide to using Zotero. Guide to using Mendeley.
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 the book displayed below.
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:
Using PubMed's Clipboard and My NCBI can help with both saving your search strategy and the citations you find.
More information may be found on the PubMed Tips & Tricks guide.