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Importing References into EndNote

When you find an article in a database, you can often directly export the reference and import it into EndNote. This page shows examples of how to do this in some of the most popular resources.

The instructions on this page were written primarily for EndNote Desktop.

Exporting from CINAHL (and other EBSCO databases)

  1. On the record page of the article you'd like to export to EndNote, click Export on the right side of the screen.
    CINAHL Tools
  2. On the menu that pops up, select Direct Export in RIS Format and click Save.
    CINAHL Export Manager
  3. In the file download window, select to open the file with EndNote or ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper. (Note: the appearance of this step may vary based on operating system and browser. In some browsers, including Safari, you may first need to save the file and then open it.)
    Opening Primo_RIS_Export
  4. Your citation will appear in your library in EndNote. Verify that all fields are accurate.

Exporting from Search@UW

  1. Click on the title of the record you’d like to export, then click on EndNote (RIS).

     
  2. In the Encoding dropdown menu, select UTF-8 and click Download.

     
  3. In the file download window, select to open the file with EndNote.
    • Note: the appearance of this step may vary based on operating system and browser. In some browsers, you may first need to save the file and then open it.
    • In Safari on Mac, this will open a window with the citation text. Go to File > Save As, and choose to save it in the format Page Source (not Web Archive). Then find the file in its location and double-click it, and choose to open with EndNote.
       
  4. Your citation will appear in your library in EndNote. Verify that all fields are accurate.

Exporting from PubMed

  1. On the record page of the article you'd like to export to EndNote, click Send To on the upper right side of the screen.
    Send To
  2. On the menu that pops up, select Citation Manager and click Create File.
    Choose Destination and Create File
  3. In the file download window, select to open the file with EndNote or ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper. (Note: the appearance of this step may vary based on operating system and browser. In some browsers, including Safari, you may first need to save the file and then open it.)
  4. Your citation will appear in your library in EndNote. Verify that all fields are accurate.

Exporting from Google Scholar

  1. Click Cite beneath the citation of your reference.
    Cite link in Google Scholar
  2. Click EndNote.
    EndNote link in Google Scholar
  3. In the file download window, select to open the file with EndNote or ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper. (Note: the appearance of this step may vary based on operating system and browser. In some browsers, including Safari, you may first need to save the file and then open it.)
  4. Your citation will appear in your library in EndNote. Verify that all fields are accurate.

You can also set EndNote as your default reference manager to streamline this process.

  1. On the Google Scholar homepage, click Settings in the upper part of the window.
    Google Scholar menu bar
  2. Under Bibliography manager, click the button next to Show links to import citations into and select EndNote from the dropdown menu.
    Google Scholar Bibliography Manager
  3. Click Save.
  4. References can now be saved by clicking Import into EndNote beneath the citation.

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