Clinical Dietetics: Manage Citations: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, & Zotero

Comparing reference or citation management software

EndNote Basic (free via GVSU email)

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Create an EndNote account, using your GVSU email. When searching a database or the "Find articles, books, & more" box, you may export files, then import them to EndNote.

On the Library's homepage, search the "Find articles, books, & more." In the page of results, select the "+ folder" icon. Save as many items as you wish. In this temporary folder, choose your citation format, and export as EndNote. In EndNote, under Collect References, choose Import References; use the "Import Option" of ProQuest.

For other databases, note the vendor's name and database name to use in the Import Option menu.

EndNote has a youtube channel with tutorials,

Download EndNote's Quick Reference Guide

About RefWorks

RefWorks (Free)

GVSU-affiliated students, staff, and faculty may create a free RefWorks account. These accounts will be limited to 2GB of storage space (cloud-based). GVSU does not subscribe to the paid RefWorks service.

  • Store references
  • 2GB of storage for files
  • Import references with one click
  • Drag references into your account
  • Access your account on multiple devices

To create a free RefWorks account follow the directions below.

Access RefWorks Free using the Find It! Search. You can save items into a folder, and click on the folder, and login. Select items to cite () – either to insert into text, and/or create a full bibliography.

There’s a link for more tools in RefWorks which lists a Microsoft Word Write-N-Cite download (but not for Firefox), and an add-on for Google Docs.

Create a RefWorks account

To create a RefWorks (Free) account:

  1. Do a search from the Library website in the "Find articles, books, & more" box.
  2. Click the "RefWorks Log In" link in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Fill in your information making sure to use your GVSU email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.). 
  4. Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

Importing References from Another Citation Manager

To get your existing references into RefWorks (Free), look up your current reference manager below and follow the steps described.


  1. You can easily import your EndNote into your RefWorks (Free) account: In EndNote, go to Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager
  2. Check “RefMan (RIS) Export."
  3. In your EndNote library, select the references you would like to export.
  4. Go to File > Export and save the file, making sure the output styles field is set to “RefMan (RIS) Export."
  5. In RefWorks (Free), click the "menu" icon, then select Import References and click the EndNote button.
  6. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks (Free) into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it.

​You can easily import your Mendeley database in just a few clicks from within your RefWorks (Free) account. 
You can also manually move your Mendeley database.  Here’s how:
  1. From Mendeley Desktop, select record(s) and right click. Select Export, Research Information Systems (*ris).
  2. A dialog box appears for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type a file name and select a location to save the file.
  3. Login to your RefWorks (Free) account, click the "menu" icon, then select Import References and click the Other button.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks (Free) into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it. 
  5. Your research appears in the “recent” area of RefWorks (Free). Note: They do not remove your research from your Mendeley account – they simply copy it.
  1. Select references. 
  2. Right-click and choose Export Selected Items. Choose RIS. Save the file.
  3. In RefWorks (Free), click the "menu" icon, then select Import References and click the Other button.
  4. Drag and drop the saved file into RefWorks (Free) into the box, or use the link to “select a file from your computer” and upload it.

About Mendeley

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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with their iPhone/iPad app

To learn more about Mendeley, create your free account or get support for your account, go to

For further assistance, view the Getting Started Guide or check out the videos and tutorials at the Mendeley support center.

Create Your Mendeley Account

Creating a Mendeley account

To use Mendeley, the first steps are you need to complete are (1) create an account and (2) download the software.
  1. Go to and simply sign-up for an account: You can click on the top-right hand green button or set up directly on the form displayed in the middle of the page. They also have the option for you to sign in using your Facebook account.
  2. Provide your contact details.
  3. Next, choose a password and provide your profile information.
  4. Once completed, you receive a link to download Mendeley.

Importing References from Another Citation Manager

  1. Mendeley Desktop now supports importing your documents directly from Zotero. To do this, you'll need to install Mendeley Desktop onto the same computer as where you have Zotero installed.
  2. Once done, open up Mendeley Desktop and go to Tools > Options (or Mendeley Desktop > Preferences if you're on a Mac) and select the Zotero / CiteULike tab. From here, just enable the checkbox for Zotero integration. Mendeley Desktop will attempt to automatically locate your Zotero database, however you can choose to use an alternate Zotero database if desired.
  3. Once you've clicked Apply, all of your existing documents from Zotero will be imported into Mendeley Desktop, and any future items you add to Zotero should find their way into Mendeley Desktop automatically.


About Zotero

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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It allows you to:

  • Add content from your web browser automatically with a single click.
  • Store PDFs, image files, audio files, video files, and webpage snapshots
  • Organize your resources in collections and subcollections
  • Create accurate citations
  • Access your work on multiple devices
  • Share resources with individuals or groups

To learn more about Zotero, create your free account or get support for your account, go to

For further assistance, you can view the quick start guide or check out videos and tutorials are available at the Zotero Support Center

Create Your Zotero Account

Registering a user account allows you to sync your library, participate in groups, or post to the support forums.

To Register: 

  1. Go to
  2. Fill out the registration form. 
  3. You should receive an email confirmation for registering your account. 

How Do I Install Zotero?

To install Zotero, visit the Zotero download page and click on the red “Zotero for {Your Operating System}” button on the right.

  • Your browser will download the setup file, which you would then use to install Zotero just like any other application on your computer. Make sure to also add the appropriate Zotero Connector for your browser to enable one-click metadata scraping from websites.
  • NOTE: These instructions are for Zotero ver.5, a fully stand-alone app. Users who are familiar with earlier versions of Zotero as a Firefox plug-in will need to consider upgrading to ver.5.

Importing References from Another Citation Manager

Export an EndNote library to Zotero
  1. In EndNote, select “Output Styles” from the Edit menu.
  2. From the list of output styles select BibTeX.
  3. Once BibTeX is set as the format, select “Export” from the File menu. In the Export window that pops up, choose “Text Only” and hit “Save.”
  4. After exporting from EndNote, click on the sprocket icon above the left column in your Zotero pane and select “Import” from the pull-down menu. In the file system window that pops up, locate the BibTeX file you exported from EndNote and select “Open.” This should import your references into Zotero.
Subjects: Clinical Dietetics
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