You may download Zotero and Mendeley for free, while RefWorks is freely available to all UC students, faculty and staff.
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 RefWorks, go to "+Add" and then "Import references”; then select “Import Option – PubMed (NLM)” and drag in 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: