EndNote desktop: collecting references
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
Exporting a reference from Google Scholar
Exporting references from Web of Science
Importing references from PubMed
Adding a manual reference
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.
- EndNote desktop: getting started
- EndNote desktop: organising your references
- EndNote desktop: formatting your references
- EndNote desktop YouTube playlist — all videos contained in this post
- Have a question not answered in this post? Attend one of our Friday referencing drop-in’s
- EndNote frequently asked questions
- Specialist Library Support — workshops and online tutorials