EndNote: Building Your Library
- When opening EndNote for the first time, you will need to create a new library. (File --> New)
- You can rename it if you want, and then save it to your hard drive. (Just save it somewhere you want it to stay, as you won't be able to move it later.)
- Don't save active EndNote libraries to a server or cloud-based storage, as they could corrupt over time.
- You can have as many libraries as you'd like, but if you plan to use EndNote online, you can only sync one desktop library to your online account.
- You can customize the way your library looks. Under Edit --> Preferences, you can change the font of your library under Display Fonts, and what fields are in the library (author, title, rating, etc.) under Display Fields.
There are 4 ways to add references to your EndNote library:
- Select New Reference under the References tab, choose Reference Type (i.e. article, book) and type in the relevant info
Search within EndNote
- You can search some databases from directly within EndNote, and then add either everything you find or just selected references into your library. This is best for simple searches, like when you have a PubMed ID or the title of a book.
- Searching PittCat in EndNote
Export from databases
- Many databases allow you to export an EndNote or RIS file into EndNote
- For example, in PubMed, go to Send to and select Citation Manager
Import a text file
- You can also import a text file, by selecting File -> Import
When you add references, you're just getting the citation information. However, you can also attach PDFs, which can then be annotated inside EndNote.
- Highlight the reference and click the paperclip in the right hand pane. You will be prompted to browse for the file.
Have EndNote do the work
- Select the reference(s) you're looking for, and then select References --> Find Full Text. EndNote will search for all freely available full text and attach PDFs it finds. You can ask EndNote to also search the databases Pitt subscribes to, which will bring back way more PDFs. The instructions are located here: Full Text Set Up
- Note: EndNote won't find everything, but it will save you a lot of work
Have a PDF (or folder of PDFs...) and just want to quickly import it into EndNote as a reference?
You can easily annotate PDFs in EndNote. Double click any reference that has an attached PDF, and then click on the PDF. From there, underline, highlight, or add notes.