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Nursing and Allied Health: Citations in PubMed

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Citation Management Tools

Typically, you export your citations into a "citation management tool".  "Mendeley Desktop" is one of the best (free) citation management tools available. Mendeley Desktop has a 99% success factor.

Download Mendeley Desktop for Windows.

Download Citation Plug In

Download Web Importer

Citing an article


The Cite button makes it easy to retrieve styled citations that you can copy and paste into a document, or download an .nbib file to use with your reference manager software.

Using the Cite button for an item will open a pop-up window where you can copy the citation formatted in four popular styles: The most popular citation styles for nursing, social work and psychology is:  APA (American Psychological Association). You can also download the citation as an .nbib file, which most bibliographic reference management software can import.

Note: In all citation styles, there are certain capitalization rules that machines cannot handle. For example, there is no way to identify proper nouns, acronyms, abbreviations, etc., that is 100% accurate and complies with all rules at all times. Capitalization of article titles and other citation elements should be checked for compliance with a particular reference style when required.

To export multiple citations: follow the instructions for saving citations as a text file and choose the format Summary (text) to save a list of citations in NLM style, or follow the instructions to export citations into your citation management software program.


Export citations into citation management software


Use Send to: Citation Manager to export citations as an .nbib file that can be used by many citation management programs:

  1. Use the check boxes to select citations from your search results or Clipboard. You may move to other pages to continue your selections. Alternately, you can choose to save all results on this page or all results from the Send to: Citation Manager menu.
  2. Click Send to and choose Citation Manager.
  3. Confirm the citations you want to export: selection, all results on this page, or all results (up to a maximum of 10,000).
  4. Click Create file.
  5. Your web browser will prompt you to save the file on your computer.
  6. Import this saved file into your citation management program.

You can also download an .nbib file for individual citations using the Cite button.

Questions regarding citation management software should be directed to the respective companies.

Email citations


  1. Use the check boxes to select citations from your search results or Clipboard. You may move to other pages and continue your selections. You may also choose to email all citations shown on the page without making any selections.
  2. Click the Email button.
  3. Enter an email address. Select which citations to send and the format.
  4. Click Send email. The system returns you to your results page and displays a confirmation e-mail sent message.


More information about emailing citations:


  • Your citations will be sent from the NCBI automatic mail server with the sender's email address []. Do not reply to this message, as this is not a functioning customer service email address and is not monitored.
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