Citing medical literature is probably the least favorite thing to do when writing research papers.  Even when making presentations for grand rounds, creating that bibliography / citation slide is painful. By the time you’re done with a systematic review or with a grand round presentation, you have used anywhere from 20 to 50 papers — all difficult to keep track of.

Various resources exist to help with this issue — Endnote, Mendeley, Papers, Zotero, and several others.

But one free resource many of my physician colleagues don’t know about is Google Docs. Google Docs has opened up its platform for “Add-ons”, a dedicated tab in their text editor. The add-ons section enables you to connect to a variety of reference managers, but they have a native one that we will focus on for this article — found in the Tools tab.

In the Tools tab, you can click Research, and it gives you the ability to search for the paper by its title or author, and you are then easily able to insert the reference in a variety of ways.  I love how Google leverages their search engine within the document to help you find the article you need, with the appropriate reference.

In order to utilize Google docs, you do need a Gmail address (all free to set up).

In the following video I show how you can use Google Docs and Google Presentation (grand rounds) to cite medical literature easily: