Biomedical Library Training & Citation Management: Citation Management

Citation management software allows you to create a personal library of references. References can include citation information as well as annotations, graphics, and the full text pdfs. The software works with your word processors to automatically add references to your paper and format your bibliography in the proper style (APA, MLA, Chicago style, etc.)

Learn more about the following citation management software packages below: Endnote, Mendeley, & Zotero

Need help using a citation manager & would like to request training? Ask A Librarian! Our contact information is below. 

 Rachel Lane Walden, MLIS 
 Reference & Instruction Librarian
 Eskind Biomedical Library


Camille Ivey
Reference Librarian
Eskind Biomedical Library


Heather Laferriere, MLIS 
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Eskind Biomedical Library


Note: For a nice comparison of the pros and cons of these tools please see:

Ivey, C., & Crum, J. (2018). Choosing the right citation management tool: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, or ZoteroJournal of the Medical Library Association, 106(3), 399-403.


EndNote is a program for managing bibliographic citations. It simplifies much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies in your writing. EndNote works with Microsoft Word and other word processing programs to automatically add references to your paper and format your bibliography into a proper citation style.

How to:
• set up your free EndNote online account (provided by Vanderbilt)
• sync your online account with your desktop version (if you have the paid version)
• share libraries 
• set up Cite While You Write

Training Videos:

EndNote Support, Training, and Other Resources

The VU & VUMC Software Stores offer discounted price on the desktop version: EndNote 20

VU Software Store                                  VUMC Software Store


Vanderbilt has an institutional license for Mendeley. Register with your Vanderbilt email and you will be automatically assigned a premium upgrade.

Download Mendeley Applications

Training Videos:


How-to Guide

Consult the following guide in order to learn how to:

  • Create and set up a Zotero account
  • Sync your libraries
  • Import citations
  • Look up items in the library catalog while in Zotero
  • Organize and Share citations
  • Use Zotero in Microsoft Word

Getting Started

Download the Desktop Application​
View and manage your citations from your desktop.

Register for a free Online Account​
Sync your online account with your desktop application to view and manage your library online.

Install the Web Connector​
Import citations from the web directly into your Zotero library.

Zotero Support and Training