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EndNote Citation Tool

An introduction to EndNote 20 Desktop version and EndNote Online / Web (free version).

Learn EndNote 20 as if you were in class

This video covers the Direct Export process from databases into EndNote 20 using preferred browsers
  • Select the references you want to import
  • Use Mozilla Firefox OR Chrome to import references directly by selecting the Research Soft-Direct Export Helper function


This video covers how to import references as text files if a direct export option is not available from browsers
  • Save references as text files - i.e. (.nbib in Pubmed OR .cgi in OVID databases OR .RIS in EBSCO databases)
  • Import into EndNote using the corresponding Import Filter.
  • Each database have specific file extensions and export instructions
  • Find a complete list of Import Filters by going to the Tools menu > select Import Filter > go to Filter Manager


This video covers how to import references from Google Scholar to EndNote - desktop or online version.
  • Before starting a search, go to the Options button 'three horizontal bars" in the upper left-hand corner. Select Settings.
  • Under Bibliography Manager, click on the drop down menu and select Refman. Click Save.
  • Perform a Google Scholar search and select references to go into an EndNote library. Choose Import into Refman.
  • Choose one reference at a time or multiple references to import. A Google account is needed to import multiple references.
  • Once signed in, click on the star icon at the bottom of each reference. Click Done after each selection.
  • After the selection process, go to My Library
  • Select All References, go to the Export icon (arrow pointing downwards). Choose Refman and export to EndNote.



This video covers how to create custom groups and organize references for a seamless workflow
  • Organize references by creating custom groups or group sets. Under the Groups tab, click Create a Group Set or Create a Group
  • A Group Set is a collection of custom groups
  • A Custom Group is a collection of references grouped together and given a name or description
  • A Smart Group organizes references based on a specified search criteria


This video covers how to manage duplicates within an EndNote library before a writing process
  • Under the Library tab, select Find Duplicates
  • Compare references using the side-by-side window and decide which records to keep
  • For each set of duplicates there's options to:
    • Click Keep This Record to save the preferred reference and move the duplicate to Trash
    • Click Skip to leave both references intact. They will appear in a temporary Duplicate References group so you can review later
    • Click Cancel to automatically instruct EndNote to select the most recently-entered version(s) of each duplicate references as the one(s) to be removed. Go through the highlighted duplicates and review them before deleting.


This video covers how to employ the Find Full Text feature to look for PDF content within the library collection
This video covers how to import a collection of PDF's stored in a personal folder
  • Import stored PDF's into an EndNote library
  • Under the File menu, select Import > Select File for a single PDF or Folder for multiple PDF's


This video covers how to insert citations in a Word document using the Cite-While-You-Write plug-in
  • When EndNote Desktop is installed on a computer, a plug-in called Cite-While-You-Write (CWYW) is automatically included. CWYW allows you to insert selected references to work with Microsoft Word documents
  • Find the EndNote tab within Word to start inserting selected references
  • Insert selected references from an active EndNote library in a Word document


This video covers how to modify in-text citations according to a preferred output style
  • Modify the appearance of EndNote in-text citations by using the Edit & Manage Citations button
  • Highlight selected in-text citation(s) and modify them by adding additional information - i.e. prefix, suffix, pages.


This video covers the different options on how to share an EndNote library or groups of references
  • Share an entire EndNote library or groups of references to collaborators (up to 400 EndNote desktop users)
  • Set Read Only or Read & Write permissions when sharing references. Once shared, an email generated message is sent out to the recipient
  • View a Shared Library by going to the File menu and selecting Open a Shared Library


This video shows how to Sync your EndNote accounts
  • Designate a library as your EndNote Sync library
  • Under the Library tab, click on Sync
  • Click Sign Up to create a new EndNote account or sync with an existing account by inputting your login credentials
The instructions show how to export references from the U of C library resources into EndNote
  • Perform a search query using the library search box.
  • On the results list page, select references you want to import by checking them off using the square icon.
  • Save the selected references by clicking on the push pin icon

University of Calgary library search box  
















  • Import the references into EndNote by clicking on the ellipsis icon > Select Export RIS 
  • Click Download > Open with EndNote program

Export results list from library resources to EndNote using .RIS format

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