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Citation & Writing: Citation Managers

Resources and samples for creating the reference page of your research paper with NLM, APA, or AMA Style, plus books, articles, and websites for improving writing skills.

PubMed and Citation Managers

ENDNOTE - When using PubMed, you can create a file to send to Endnote either from one citation or by adding multiple citations to your "clipboard."

  • Choose Send To from the upper right (above the abstract or citation list).
  • Select Citation Manager.
  • Choose the number of citations (max is 200).
  • Click Create File.  
  • This will create a .nbib file.
  • Open Endnote. Go to File - Import - File.
  • Choose the file.
  • Choose Pubmed (NLM) under Other Filters.
  • Click Import.

MENDELEY - For Mendeley, you need to install the Web Importer.

Individual citations may also be added manually by using the PMID (under the citation or abstract in PubMed).

Index to Chiropractic Literature and Citation Managers

ENDNOTE - To save citations from ICL into Endnote, select the citations and then click on "Hold Citations."  

  • After you compile your list, click on Held Citations.
  • Click the top checkbox to select all of the citations.
  • Choose Tagged.
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on Download.
  • Open Endnote. Go to File - Import - File.
  • Choose the File.
  • Select Tab Delimited under "Import Options."
  • Click Import.

EBSCOHost and Citation Managers

ENDNOTE - In any EBSCOhost database, click on the folder icon next to the citation to save it to your folder.

  • Click on Folder at the top of EBSCOhost.
  • Select everything in the folder.
  • Click on Export from the right side menu.
  • Choose Direct Export in RIS Format.
  • Click Save.
  • Open the .ris file in Endnote and it will automatically import.


Mendeley is a free reference manager.


Endnote is a popular citation manager that offers student pricing.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.