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EndNote Bibliographic Software

EndNote (available for PC + Mac) is designed to organise bibliographic references, and can be used to create bibliographies instantly and automatically and to search online bibliographic databases.


Importing References into EndNote from other Databases

Databases which are not Z39.50-compliant cannot be accessed from within EndNote:

  • searching must be carried out using a web interface or other software provided by the database supplier
  • some databases allow EXPORT of retrieved references directly into an EndNote library
  • other databases allow results to be saved in a format which is suitable for importing into an EndNote library
    • the appropriate filter must be present in the 'Filters' folder
    • many Filters are provided with EndNote; others can be Downloaded

References can be imported into EndNote from the following databases/services:



Download Filters
SciFinder/Chemical Abstracts
In SciFinder save search results in Tagged Format. In EndNote, import using a SciFinder filter.

Filters are included with EndNote

Web of Knowledge/Science

Multidisciplinary Science Citation Index database; more about Web of Science

Search from within EndNote using connection file; see required settings  
Alternatively EXPORT Web of Science references directly into an EndNote library:

Perform Web of Science search then:

  • EITHER check required references then click "Save to EndNote" or "Save to EndNoteWeb" button
  • OR add desired references to the MARKED LIST and "Save to EndNote" or "Save to EndNoteWeb" from there. Use of the Marked List allows references to be accumulated from several searches, and provides more control over which parts of the reference are downloaded.
  • Your browser may prompt you to select the EndNote application and/or an EndNote library; the references are then imported straight in
not required

Science Direct

Elsevier full text journals, also Medline and Embase


To export references directly into EndNote, from either a search results page (check relevant boxes) or a single article page, click 'export citation(s)'

not required
Google Scholar
  • Click on Scholar Preferences (beside the Search box)
  • Under Bibliography Manager check the option 'Show links to import citations into' and use the drop-down menu to select EndNote
  • Click Save Preferences button
  • Now when you search, you will see an 'Import into EndNote' link after each reference
not required
Electronic Journals

For those hosted by HighWire Press (eg. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA, J Biol Chem) click 'Download to Citation Manager'

not required

Download using 'short label' format. Further information about ZETOC.


Other Databases and Journals

List of instructions and filters for importing from many other databases and journal publishers


These are included with the EndNote installation.

These instructions are necessarily brief; full explanations of how to import references using Connection Files and Filters can be found in the documentation provided with the EndNote software.

If you have problems using any of the above procedures please email:, indicating database concerned and EndNote program (version number, Mac or PC) used. Also, let me know if you would like instructions provided for other databases.

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Updated 30/1/13. If you have any comments please contact:

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