Many reference management tools allow you to add attachments to the records. For example, you may wish to add your own clinical images, web pages, PDFs or links to full-text.
You can add records to reference management tools manually, but it’s more common to export a set of records from a bibliographic database into whichever reference management tool you’re using. Most databases support this and have an ‘export’ option.
Most reference management tools have plug-ins which work with Microsoft Word and other word processing packages, allowing you to embed your references into a document. You can also re-order and change referencing styles for references in documents, either as you write or after you’ve completed a document. Reference management tools usually support a wide range of referencing styles, and many list them by journal title as well as by citation style.
Most web-based reference management tools allow you to create groups of records and share them with other people, so if you’re working on a clinical project, you can easily share references with colleagues.
There are several reference management tools available. Some are free to use (e.g. EndNote basic, Mendeley, Zootero), and some you have to pay to use (e.g. EndNote, Reference manager).
The University of Edinburgh have produced a comparison table which gives information on some of the reference management tools you may wish to consider.