Visit Cornell's citation management webpage for a good overview of these programs. You may download Zotero and Mendeley for free, while Endnote is freely available to members of the College of Human Ecology and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.
Once you've finished translating your search strategy to the syntax of each database you're searching, you will then:
1. Run the search in each database.
2. Export the results as a BibTeX, MEDLINE, RIS, or XML file and save those files.
3. Import those files into a citation management program.
1. In your search results, click “Send to” in the upper right corner of the page, then “File”.
2. Under “Format” select “MEDLINE” and “Create File”.
3. Save the MEDLINE.txt file to your desktop.
4. In Endnote, Go to “File” and “Import” and then select “Import Option – PubMed (NLM)” and choose the MEDLINE file from your desktop.
You will likely retrieve multiple versions of the same study as you search many databases and will need to de-duplicate your results before article screening. After you've performed your searches and imported the results into your citation management software: