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MLS 524: Current Trends & Issues for the Medical Laboratory Scientist: RefWorks

Library of the Health Sciences

Citation Management Software

Citation Management Software

Eventually your research will require that you keep track of many citations on any given topic.  At that point, you should consider using a citation management software to help you format and organize your references.

Which one should you use?

There are lots of programs on the market, both free and subscription-based.  You may already be using one and not realize it.  Do you use CiteULike, BibMe or Zotero?  Those are examples of free web-based citation managers.  Here at the Library of the Health Sciences, we encourage students to use either RefWorks or EndNote.  Please note, the Library of the Health Sciences licenses RefWorks, which allows our affiliated users to utilize the program without incurring additional costs.  If you would prefer to use EndNote, you will have to purchase the software from a vendor.

For a detailed comparison of the various programs on the market such as RefWorks, EndNote, Reference Manager or Zotero, click here.


Before using RefWorks, you will need to create a personal account.  First, log in to the Library of the Health Sciences website and click on "RefWorks" in the "Selected Resources" box.  Then select the link "Sign Up for an Individual Account."  After filling out the form, click "Register."

A reference librarian can help you create your personal account, if you would like.  See the "Get More Help" box for contact information.

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