Skip to main content

Biomedical ethics

Citing your sources

Citing your sources

If you are collecting references for a project, looking for information on how to cite within a particular discipline, or interested in using software to collect and automatically format your in-text citations and bibliography in the proper citation style, the following pages may be of use:

  • Citation Guides - General information on citation as well as information on what's available at McGill (for example, EndNote, which is free for McGill staff and students) and how to get support
  • Life Sciences Citation Style - Information on citing in Vancouver (author-number system), APA (author-date style), CSE
  • Citation Styles - Useful citation guides for other commonly used citation styles
  • Citation Styles by Subject

If you are writing a paper for a course, ask your professors what citation style they recommend. If you are publishing a journal article in the health sciences, consult the instructions for authors database or the journal website to find out what citation style they require your references to be formatted in.

 

Download Endnote

McGill students and staff may download EndNote free of charge onto their personal computers at home or at the university.

Download EndNote

Download EndNote

Windows users installing EndNote X9: Please consult the FAQ entry on downloading EndNote X9.

To download older versions of EndNote, visit our knowledge base.

Citation Management FAQ

FAQ FOR CITATION MANAGEMENT QUESTIONS

This FAQ is set up to accept natural language questions and to get you to the answer to your question as quickly as possible. For now, the FAQ is limited to questions related to EndNote, but this will be expanded in the future.

You can type your question below, or access the full FAQ at http://mcgill.libanswers.com/citation.  We welcome your feedback!

EndNote: The short course (video)

How to Use EndNote in 6 Minutes: Windows

Produced by Clarivate Analytics. 

How to Use EndNote in 6 Minutes: Macintosh

Produced by Clarivate Analytics.

Loading ...

Sources for Background Information

Sources for Background Information

Guidelines and Standards

Guidance on Reviews

Guidance on reviews

Accessing Resources from Home

Accessing resources from off-campus

Finding full text

Finding full text

Here are the steps I usually take when tracking down full-text articles. 

First, I like to perform these steps with VPN running in the background if off campus, for Google or Google Scholar in particular;

Given I use EndNote to collect my references (or other citation management software, if the option is available):

  • I have usually exported my records to EndNote, so I use the Find Full Text feature in EndNote to automatically download as many full-text articles to my EndNote library as I can (usually in batches no greater than 20, but that's just a suggestion); they get added to the .Data folder but I don't usually access that folder as the article can be viewed and annotated directly from the EndNote reference
    • You can configure file naming conventions for your .Data PDF folder so that they're easier to identify, if you ever want to go in there and make a copy of a PDF, for example (otherwise, the PDFs are very hard to identify): Go to Preferences > PDF Handling and change the PDF Auto Renaming Options
  • Instructions on setting up Find Full Text in EndNote

If that doesn't work or you don't use EndNote:

  • I do a quick Google Scholar search http://scholar.google.ca for the article title and see if I can quickly get to full-text that way (I need to be using VPN for this to work well if off campus, or at least need to set up Google Scholar with “Find full text” links
  • If that doesn’t work, I copy and paste the journal title (rather than the article title, although the article title can work too) into the McGill WorldCat Catalogue available at http://www.mcgill.ca/library
    • I often use quotations around the journal title for more precise results
    • I recommend using the full journal title over the abbreviated format
    • I often limit the results by format in the left-hand column to Journal/Magazine
    • When I find the right journal record, I click on “Access journal" and select a link that covers the date I am looking for
      • For e-access, I might have to click on a few links before getting to the right place: Pay particular attention to the information about the time coverage available for each electronic source to avoid unnecessary clicking
      • If it’s not available online, I check our print holdings in all relevant records for the journal; if it is only available in print at McGill, I click on “Place hold or request article/chapter scan” (be sure to fill in the citation information for the article or chapter in the item description field), or, if the article is in a journal that's on open shelves, I can go make a copy of it in person
  • If it’s seemingly not available at McGill:

Librarian

Genevieve Gore's picture
Genevieve Gore
Contact:
Schulich Library of Science & Engineering
514.398.3472
Website Skype Contact: genatlibrary

Need help? Ask us!

McGill LibraryQuestions? Ask us!
Privacy notice