EndNote desktop: collecting references

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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.

Exporting references from Library Search & databases

Library Search and most academic databases will allow you to export a reference file with all the metadata 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:

Exporting references from Library Search

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

Exporting a reference from Google Scholar

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

Exporting references from Web of Science

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

Importing references from PubMed

This video shows you how to export a reference form PubMed and import it into your EndNote desktop library.

Adding a manual reference

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

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 desktop library.

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