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Citation Tools

Guidance for selecting and using common citation tools.

Consider using EndNote if ...

Consider using Endnote if... Consider using EndNote Basic (online) if... 
... you already have a copy of the software or you are working on research with faculty who prefer EndNote ... you are new to research
... you use one personal computer for all of your research ... you plan to do very limited research, primarily for school assignments                                                     
... you plan to work on a systematic review of the literature ... you would like to use an online tool with LIMITED features
Visit the EndNote homepage Start using EndNote Basic (not necessary to sign up for 30-day trial)

EndNote Install & Initial Setup

Install: Go to and start with the 30-day free trial. Complete the form and you will receive an email with a free download for Windows or Mac.

Setup for getting full text articles: EndNote can search VCU Libraries' collection and automatically download full-text articles for the citations in your EndNote library. To enable this feature, Go to the "EndNote X8" menu and select "Preferences," then select "Find Full Text" from the menu on the right side and complete the information as shown below. The OpenURL field is to be completed with the following text: