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Date of this Version

Fall 2008


Medical Reference Services Quarterly 27:3 (Fall 2008), pp. 260–271.

doi: 10.1080/02763860802198804


Copyright © 2008 Haworth Press / Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. Used by permission.


The authors of this article analyzed the differences in output when searching MEDLINE direct and MEDLINE via citation management software, EndNoteX1®, EndNoteWeb®, and RefWorks. Several searches were performed on Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed directly. These searches were compared against the same searches conducted in Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed using the search features in EndNote X1, EndNote Web, and RefWorks. Findings indicated that for in-depth research, users should search the databases directly rather than through the citation management software interface. The search results indicated it would be appropriate to search databases via citation management software for citation verification tasks and for cursory keyword searching.