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University of Washington Health Sciences Library

ENVH 583: Library Databases and Tools for Research

Guide to resources for thesis proposal research

Store and organize citations

Citation Management Tools 

Citation Styles & Tools from the UW Libraries. 

Citation Management Help

Get in person or virtual citation management help with EndNote Basic, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero from the Research Commons Graduate Specialists. Request Citation Help.

Compare Your Options

Compare your options. Some free and for purchase options are listed below in alphabetical order. 

Free Options

EndNote Basic (web) 

Program that allows you to store, edit, share, and manage citations. Import from many databases into your online account directly or from saved files. Works with Microsoft Word to automatically create bibliographies. Free to UW students, staff and faculty as part of Web of Science. Click here to create an account.

Zotero Guide 

It's easy to use, accessible within your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free! Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations. Download at

For Purchase Options

EndNote software 

Full software version of EndNote, available to UW students at a discounted rate from the U Bookstore. Includes ability to mass download article pdfs into records (when on campus), search across full text of pdfs. Comes with linked EndNote Basic account for sharing.


Due to budget pressure, declining use, and increasing subscription cost, the UW Libraries has decided to cancel the subscription to RefWorks on 06/30/21.

Set up automated searches

Biosis, Embase, Web of Science and most other article databases also allow creation of a personal account for saving search strategies and setting up automatic search & email delivery of results.

Systematic Searching

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