How to download and use EndNote

Endnote is a tool for creating and managing your references and bibliographies:

  • Create in-text citations in Word documents
  • Create formatted bibliographies or reference lists using a variety of referencing styles
  • Import references from databases, Google Scholar, specialised journals & La Trobe's Library search
  • Sort and store references, images, PDFs, and other files

Exporting from databases

Using the direct import function in a database saves time because pertinent information is automatically populated into the reference fields in your library.

Generally there are three basic steps to directly import references:

  • Select the reference/s you want to send to your Endnote library.
  • Locate and select the export/download or save citation button.
  • Select Open (this option depends on the database) and the reference/s will automatically appear in your library.

To export from Medline:

  1. Select citations you want to export
  2. From the tool bar just above your results, click 'Export'
  3. The ‘Export Citation’ dialogue box will appear. Select EndNote and the fields you would like to display, and then click 'Export Citation(s)'
  4. Another box pops up asking if you want to open or save - choose the 'Open'
  5. EndNote should launch automatically if not, choose the Open option when prompted.
  6. The references should now be displayed in a separate Imported References group.
  1. Select records to export to EndNote by clicking the blue folder icon, or when viewing an individual record, click the 'Add to folder' link.
  2. When you have finished selecting, click the Folder link at the top right of the screen. Your set of chosen records will be displayed.
  3. Select the records you want to export and click 'Export' at the far right of the screen
  4. The Export Manager page displays. Ensure that 'Direct Export in RIS format.. .' is selected, then click Save.
  5. A dialog box should appear. Choose 'Open with 'ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper', click OK. (you can also choose to open with EndNote from the drop down menu)

Please note: the above video uses an earlier version of CINAHL

There is no direct export option for Cochrane databases.

Import via a filter file

  1. Select the records you wish to export, and click 'Export Selected' (or 'Export All')
  2. At the 'Choose your export options' window, select either PC or Mac, then select your file type (usually Citation & Abstract)
  3. Click 'Export Citation'
  4. In the file download popup window, Notepad is the default, but choose to open with EndNote. Click OK.
  5. A box should appear asking you to choose your filter
  6. Select Cochrane Library (Wiley)
  7. The citations should automatically import into your EndNote Library. (If this does not work, you will need to save the file as a text file - see below)

Saving as a txt file

  1. Select the references that you would like to export
  2. At the 'Choose your export options' window, select either PC or Mac, then select your file type (usually Citation & Abstract)
  3. Click “Export Citation”
  4. In the File Download pop-up window, click Save to save the file as .txt file
  5. Open your EndNote library
  6. Under the File menu, choose Import –>File. The Import File window pops up
  7. In the box next to Import File, retrieve the .txt file you just saved
  8. In the box next to Import Option, choose Cochrane Library (Wiley). If it is not shown in the pull-down menu, click on Other Filters and choose Cochrane Library (Wiley) in the “Choose An Import Filter” pop-up window. You may leave the other two boxes.
  9. Click the Import button. The references you want will be imported into your library