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Nursing Reference Guide: Citation Help

This guide contains nursing resources and information. Links below provide a starting place for your nursing research project.

Proquest RefWorks

Guide to New RefWorks and  check out Proquest Refworks Youtube channel

 For further assistance feel free to contact :

Mangala Krishnamurthy, Reference Librarian, Capstone College of Nursing Liaison from UA Libraries , 205-348-2109,



Proquest Refworks

Direct Export

RefWorks - Using Write-N-Cite

Citation Guide

Research can be a daunting task.

UA Libraries provides many resources to assist you in your research and paper writing.

From personal consultations with a subject specialist to tutorials on a variety of subjects, the library is here to help you succeed.

Citation can be especially difficult for researchers. Check out these great online sources for help.

American Medical Association Manual of Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

APA e-version

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations  (Chicago Style, Turabian)


The Elements of Style - The online home of William Strunk, Jr.'s print source; a great resource for all things concerning grammar and usage

The Purdue Online Writing Lab - A great free resource for all manners of citation from Purdue University

 ChompChomp - Grammar rules (including definitions to common grammar terms).     

  Grammarly Grammar checker to proofread writing.         

Medical Writing

The Research Paper Writing and Citation Guide - The College of William and Mary's excellent guide to a large amount of research and citation resources.

Designing Effective Posters

Web of Science Journal Citation Reports (Very useful tool for looking at journal impact factors)

Tools to find the journal for the paper/ manuscript submission

JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator ) -  All journals included in Medline (PubMed) are included in Jane.


Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely available scholarly search engine that allows you to search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles – from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Choose the right journal for your research


RefWorks - Using Write-N-Cite to create Bibliography

RefWorks lets you create bibliography using various writing styles. See example below

Refer RefWorks Guide to download writeNcite feature on word for Windows/Mac to use while writing paper and bring in references from  Refworks in to the paper.





The University of Alabama offically supports EndNote citation management softwareIt is completely free for students, faculty and staff. Use EndNote to manage, organize, and cite references within an office document. To download EndNote visit -

UA Libraries EndNote guide

CItation Managers Comparison Chart

EndNote 9 Tutorial

Reference Mangament Software -RefWorks


The University of Alabama offically supports RefWorks citation management software. It is completely free for students, faculty and staff. Use Refowrks to manage, organize, and cite references within an office document.

How to export citations to RefWorks?
How to export/import Citations from databases to RefWorks?

For majority of the database, items may be easily exported to RefWorks. You will see a direct link on the record to export the citation into RefWorks.

However, there are some instances in which the information may have to be imported. The PubMed database provides the perfect example.
The steps and tips given below (PubMed & PubMed central) in this guide can help you Importing Items from PubMed Database into RefWorks:

Importing citations from PubMed database into RefWorks .

1. Access the PubMed database and conduct your search.

2. Select the items you would like to use by clicking on the small box next to it.

3. Locate the “Send To” box (it is usually on the right hand side of the top bar) and click on the down arrow on “send to” and choose Destination as “citation Manager”* and/or "file"** and select Format to reflect as Medline/pubmed and download the selected citations. Save the file to the desktop, in a folder, or on a removable drive, etc. Remember where you saved and under what name! 

* Citation Manager - to export to Endnote

**File - to export to Refworks

5. Return to your RefWorks screen. Locate the “references” option and choose “import.” Make sure to see the following on the screen: · Import Filter/Data Source - shows NLM PubMed · Database – shows PubMed in the box.  Import References into Folder - defaults to last imported folder or you can create a new folder to place the PubMed references

6. Go to Select  Text File  and click “browse” to find your saved file. 

7. Finally, click “import” at the bottom of the screen. You will be provided information regarding how many items you imported, as well as the caption “view last imported folder.” Click on this caption to ensure that selections imported from the database

8. You will be provided with several options regarding your imported items. To save items in a folder, click “put in folder.” provided you have an existing folder.

9. or create a new folder by clicking on “folders,” and selecting “create new folder.”

10. You can view the saved citations, edit, print, create Bibliography by selecting the Style manual of your choice.

11. Use there citations while writing your papers by using the Write-N-Cite option in RefWorks/Word.


Search PubMed database in RefWorks and get the citations into RefWorks:

1. Log into RefWorks Account

2. Click on Search and select online catalor or Database and select PubMed

3. Look for Author, subject, topic

4. Select the citations and click Import

5. Create a folder or put the imported citations into existing folder


Export citations from Endnote and Refworks 




Did You Know?

You could do Image Searches in PubMed, JBI, CINAHL