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EndNote is a powerful tool for collecting and citing bibliographic references. You can create groups to organize and share your references, and use any of the 5000+ output filters or customize your output to get exactly what you want. EndNote is very good at handling large libraries and imported files, and the output styles are customizable. The PDFs and associated files are located locally on your machine, so you are only limited to the amount of storage on your computer (vs. cloud storage limits).
Citation or reference managers can do the following:
EndNote is licensed for Brown faculty, staff, and students on Brown owned or personally owned computers, and is available for download in Brown's Software Catalog.
Download the latest version of EndNote from Brown's software catalog. You'll be prompted to enter your Brown username and password. Open the downloaded package and follow the installation prompts.
Register for an online EndNote account. This is not required but will allow you to sync your library to the cloud and share your library with others.
Open EndNote. If you are on a PC, you will see a gray blank screen. If you are on a Mac, you will only see a toolbar on the top of your screen. You will need to create your first library by clicking "File," then "New."
Note: You can create multiple EndNote libraries, but can only configure one to sync with your online account.
For PC users, click "Edit" in the top toolbar, then "Preferences." For Mac users, click "EndNote 20" in the top toolbar, then "Preferences." Select "Sync" from the left-side menu, then click "Enable Sync":
From there, you will be prompted to enter your account details. Online syncing is not necessary to use EndNote. However, it is necessary if you'd like to share references with others, access your library from a different computer, or recover a lost library.
If you are successfully synced to your online account, you will see a green check mark next to "Sync Status."
There are three main ways to populate your EndNote library with references:
To enter references by hand: From the top menu bar, select the new reference icon, or click "References" from the top toolbar, then "New Reference."
Select the appropriate reference type, such as Journal Article, from the drop-down menu. (This is important because it determines the fields that will show in the citation.)
Search the database via the web interface as you normally would. Select the references you want, then save or export them. Every database works a little differently. Some offer an obvious EndNote export, like Web of Science:
And some offer a more generic RIS export (like Ebsco databases):
Most databases can export to EndNote with these general steps:
In many cases, EndNote can generate bibliographic information from PDFs that have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. Most journal articles have this number embedded in the file. If the PDF does not have a DOI number or if the PDF does not have OCR encoded text (for example, if it was scanned from paper and not OCR'ed), this will not work.
To import a PDF, go to File → Import.
Then navigate to the PDF you'd like to upload. You can select one or several. To select several, CTRL-click on the file in Windows or Command-click for Mac. Make sure to click "Options" in the bottom left corner of the prompt window:
This opens a list of import option filters. Choosing the correct import option will tell EndNote which file type to expect. If you forget to configure this, nothing will happen after you try to import your file. Choose "PDF File or Folder," then click "Import":
By default, all of your references are listed together in a central collection called "My Library." You can configure the layout of the display panels to show reference information and PDFs by clicking the layout icon in the top right corner. Try different layouts to see which one you like.
Sort references by clicking on the column names (e.g., Author, Year, Added to Library). You can toggle the sort order by clicking the same heading again to make it sort in reverse. You can also select additional fields to display by right clicking (for Windows users) or CTRL-clicking (for Mac users) on any column heading. This can be useful if you are using a particular field for notes or to mark references read/unread.
Edit references by double clicking on the reference, then make changes in the resulting window. You will be prompted to save as you close the window.
Organize your citations into categories by creating custom groups (folders). EndNote comes with three permanent groups that cannot be renamed or deleted. These are: All References, Unfiled, and Trash. There are also temporary groups that are created by EndNote as needed such as Copied References, Duplicate References, Imported References, etc.
To create a group, click "Groups" from the top toolbar, then click "Create Group." You can also right click (Windows) or CTRL-click (Mac) in the groups area on the left side panel, then click "Create Group."
A Smart Group allows you to set criteria (such as author) to automatically pull matching references into a dynamic group:
A group set allows you to create a group of groups. This could be useful, for instance, to organize projects and papers under particular classes.
You will see all of your groups listed to the left. You can add references to each group by dragging and dropping. A reference can belong to several group; this will not create a duplicate.
EndNote can be used to find full text, whether it's held by Brown subscription or is freely available. For best results off-campus, connect to Brown's VPN (instructions for this are here)
Select one or several references to search for full text. Then click "References" from the top toolbar, then "Authenticate." You will be prompted to enter your Brown username and password via Shibboleth login.
Click "Find Full Text." You'll see the results in the left hand panel:
It's possible to deduplicate your EndNote library on a reference by reference basis, or all at once.
To deduplicate individual references:
To deduplicate all records at once:
Use the EndNote Cite While You Write (CWYW) Plug-in in MS Word to insert references and to format citations and bibliographies automatically.
The EndNote plug-in should be added when you install EndNote on your computer.
Note: If after installation you do not see an EndNote tab in Microsoft Word Ribbon or Tools Menu, check "Word Options" tab in Windows or "Chooser" on a Mac.
Inserting References in Your MS Word Document
If you don't have a need for in-text citations followed by a bibliography and just want a quickly formatted citation to paste into Word (or an email, or anywhere else), go to your EndNote library. From the top menu, click "Edit," then select the bibliographic style you'd like.
Next, right-click on the desired reference. Select "Copy Formatted," then paste it into your document.
Note: This creates plain text. It is not linked back to the EndNote reference, and you can't change the style once you copy/paste. For full functionality, you need to insert references using the "Cite While You Write" add-in.
Go to "Style" then choose the desired style from the drop down menu. If your journal style does not appear, select "Select another style" from the dropdown and select your style from that list.
If your preferred output style is not available, it is most likely available to download from EndNote Styles. For instance, you may be looking for a particular journal style. Simply search for the name of the style, then click "Download. Open the resulting file, then click "File," then "Save As," then close the style window.
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