Literature Search and Reference Management (with EndNote and Mendeley)

15 April 2021


  • Know how to search key bibliographic databases in the life sciences.
  • Know how to use EndNote or Mendeley for managing references and PDFs.


  • Dr Philipp Mayer trainer for scientific writing with broad experience in research and in adult education


Literature search and reference management are challenging tasks because (1) retrieval of all relevant papers is the aim, (2) looking through long result lists is time-consuming, (3) full-text access is needed, (4) many paper PDFs have to be organised. In this workshop, we discuss tools and techniques to overcome these challenges.


  • search terms for effective information retrieval
  • text search, thesaurus search, citation search
  • bibliographic databases — the big five:
  • Google Scholar
  • Microsoft Academic
  • PubMed
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science
  • other useful bibliographic databases
  • current awareness services
  • full-text access
  • EndNote: reference and PDF management
  • Mendeley: reference and PDF management


Every participant works on his or her research topic. Every participant has to bring a notebook computer with internet access. Please make sure to have EndNote or Mendeley on your notebook.

General information

Date: 15 April 2021

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail, building X, room TBA

ECTS: 0.5 (Communication)

Evaluation: Attendance and active participation.

Information: Please contact Dr Philipp Mayer or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Pauline Fritsch

Registration fee: none

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions



  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however until 19 March 2021 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants.
  • Limited number of participants: 12

Registration through the web only: opening soon.

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 50).

Deadline: 19 March 2021