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Veterinary Medicine

Getting Started

Citation management software stores and organizes citation information for a variety of research resources for easy representation in a variety of citation styles. These programs allow you to build reference library for many information sources, including journal articles, books and book chapters, audiovisual materials, websites, and more.

View the following tutorials for tips on choosing the right citation management software for your needs. 

Check your citations when you import them! Always make sure that all of the metadata from a citation has been saved, and save a permalink to the article (PMID, doi, or publisher provided) in the URL field.

Software Comparison






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EndNote Web:

Desktop version- prices at vendor website; student discount available

Web version - free 

Free as Firefox-based plugin or Zotero Standalone desktop application with plugins for Chrome and Safari

Free for use/basic storage (more storage available for fees, a.k.a. freemium)
Word Processor Integration MS Word MS Word and Open Office; Google doc

MS Word and Open Office;

Note Mendeley desktop no longer supports Mojave, Big Sur or Catalina operating systems on the Mac.

Attach files (PDF) to references




Extract metadata from a PDF

Older versions: Yes - if connected to Internet

Yes - if connected to internet


Citing from Web Yes - install bookmark Yes Not for Mac
Sharing w/ Colleagues Yes Yes No
Direct Export from databases Yes; e.g. Web of Science "endnote" link Yes; e.g. Web of Science "other" link Yes.
Transfer libraries Yes - use .ris, .bib or EndNote XML Yes - use .ris or .bib Yes - use .ris or .bib or EndNote XML
Learning Curve Moderate Easiest Easy

Adapted from University of Idaho Libraries with permission

EndNote Details

EndNote  Most WSU subscribed scholarly databases will seamlessly export citations to EndNote. Endnote is available in two versions:

  1. Endnote Basic is freely available and web-based. Select "EndNote Online login," NOT "Buy EndNote" or "Request a trial." A better way to sign up is through a Web of Science account, by clicking on Products > EndNote in the upper right corner. This is a third-party account - DO NOT use your WSU password for third-party accounts.

Web of Science home page showing Products link in the upper right corner

  1. Endnote 20 multiplatform version is available at a discounted rate to students at

Remember that you also need to install the Cite-While-You-Write plug-in in your word processing software (Microsoft Word). If you are using a Mac, you will need to set your CiteWhileYouWrite Preferences in Word under Tools>EndNote>CiteWhileYouWrite Preferences>Application>Chose EndNote OR EndNote online.

Changing All Caps Titles to Undercase

Unfortunately many older veterinary article catalog records have titles in all caps. To convert All Caps to undercase In Microsoft Word:

  • Highlight the All Caps title. Leave the first letter of the title as capitol.
  • Shift - F3

JAVMA Citation Style

CVM students are expected to use the AMA citation style used by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Senior Papers

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