Reference management is the process of storing, managing, retrieving, and citing references from various sources. Learning effective reference management is critically important for healthcare and biomedical professionals as it is a major component of the process of scientific manuscript writing. Effective reference management is also useful for other purposes such as maintaining a list of scientific references on a topic of interest, delivering presentations, preparing for journal clubs or case conferences, and teaching activities.
Scientific manuscript writing is an extremely common task. Tens of thousands of articles are added per month just to one biomedical database—MEDLINE. Even this is a tiny fraction of the actual volume of the writing activity as most of what is written does not get published. In addition, reference management is useful for writing reports, grants, and other non-journal articles as well. A number of reference management software programs are available these days to make this challenging task simpler by harnessing the power of information technology. EndNote is one of the most popular software among biomedical and healthcare professionals.
The purpose of this book is to educate readers to effectively and efficiently use EndNote. The book provides step-by-step instruction on using EndNote tocreate a personal digital library of scientific references and to create an accurately formatted bibliography in a manuscript. The book will help novice users in rapidly learning to perform important reference management tasks using EndNote. It will enhance the skills of experienced users in performing advanced tasks such as using EndNote to retrieve references from Internet databases, electronic journals, or other e-resources. For nonusers of technology, I hope it will stimulate their interest in exploring the use of EndNote in their professional activities.