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Citation Managers for Research Organization

Adding Items

Add Citations

EndNote Basic / Online lets you add references to your EndNote library in several ways, including:

  • Importing directly from library databases
  • From library databases, with the aid of "capture"
  • Manually, with you typing in the information
  • With "Online Search"
  • From plain-text, tagged-field files of records
  • Also, you may synch with your EndNote Desktop (if you have purchased that software)

Sign in to Your Account

To get started, sign in to your EndNote Basic / Online account --- Sign in to continue with EndNote:

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Import from a Library Database

Take advantage of the import option offered through library databases:

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Capture References

From EndNote: "Use the Capture Reference feature for online resources that do not have options for direct export. Capture Reference scans the bibliographic information presented on a Web page and creates a reference for you to save to a new or existing group. Some databases, such as PubMed, allow you to capture an entire page of references at once."

  1. You'll need to have installed the Capture Reference Tool --- see the "Getting Started" first page of this section.  That is, drag the Capture Reference button to your bookmarks.
  2. Browse to a page where you want to gather information.
  3. Click on the Capture Reference button from the bookmarks.
  4. Follow the directions.

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Type in the Information

To enter a reference "manually":

  • Click the Collect tab; then click New Reference. 
  • Select the appropriate reference type. 
  • Enter data into the desired fields. Fields commonly used by major style guides will appear first.

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Online Search

You can connect with library catalogs and databases through the EndNote interface.  (Check first to see if the database offers an export option.)

  • Click the Collect tab; then click Online Search. 
  • Select a remote database --- the completely free version has only a few options.
  • Perform your search. 
  • Mark desired references, and use the drop-down menu to add them to your library.

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From Record Files with Tagged Fields

EndNote can import references saved in a consistently tagged plain-text format:

  • Hover over the Collect tab; then click Import References. 
  • Browse to select the text file. 
  • Select the Import Option (filter) that matches the database where you created the file. 
  • Select the group for imported references. 
  • Click Import

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