Collecting references using EndNote 20 desktop

In this post we explore how to export reference files from different sources to import into your library. We will also show you how to do this manually.

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Introduction

EndNote allows you to import references from a number of sources such as Library Search, databases, Google Scholar and the web.

A lot of academic sources such as Library Search and databases will allow you to export a reference as a file. Occasionally this option may not be available if you want to reference something from the web or social media.

In this post we will show you how to add references to your EndNote desktop library from Library Search and popular databases. We will also show you how add to manual references and attach PDF’s to your references.

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Importing references from different sources

Library Search and most academic databases will allow you to export a reference file with all the necessary information stored within it so you can easily import it into your library. We have made some short videos to show you how to do this on various platforms:

Importing references from Library Search

Watch the below video to find out how to export a reference from Library Search and import it to your EndNote library.

This video shows you how to export a reference from Library Search and import it into your EndNote desktop library.

Importing references from Google Scholar

Watch the below video to find out how to export a reference from Google Scholar and import it to your EndNote library.

This video shows you how to export a reference from Google Scholar and import it into your EndNote desktop library.

Importing references from Web of Science

Watch the below video to find out how to export a reference from the Web of Science database and import it to your EndNote library.

This video shows you how to export a reference from Web of Science into your EndNote 20 desktop Library.

Importing references from ProQuest

Watch the below video to find out how to export a reference from the ProQuest database and import it to your EndNote library.

This video shows you how to export a reference form ProQuest and import it into EndNote 20 desktop.

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Adding a manual reference

You can also add your reference details manually directly into EndNote. Watch the video below to find out how:

This video tutorial takes you through the steps of adding a reference manually to EndNote 20 desktop.

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Attaching PDF’s to your references

If you have access to a PDF for a reference you can attach it to the reference in your library to keep everything together. This will save you time when revisiting the article to check quotes etc. Watch this video to find out how to do this.

In this video you will learn how to attach a file to a reference in your EndNote 20 desktop library.

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Summary

In this post we have looked at how you can export reference files from various sources such as databases and manually add references to your EndNote library. Once you start populating your library it’s worth taking a look at how you can keep it organised, so we recommend you take a look at ‘Organising your references in EndNote 20 desktop’ next.

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