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EndNote offers multiple methods for creating references in your EndNote library. These range from building a reference from scratch - necessary for many older materials, artwork, and government documents - to "grabbing" citations directly from online catalogs or databases.
The following is an overview of the basic reference creation methods. For more detailed instructions, refer to the extensive documentation which comes with your EndNote installation and which is also available from the EndNote website.
To build references from scratch:
A growing number of online databases provide a “Direct Export” download option that imports your search results directly to EndNote. This option enables you to bypass most of the steps that using import filters requires. All you need do is select the EndNote library into which the references should be imported. The EndNote website maintains a list of databases that work with the Direct Export option.
The Direct Export option behaves differently according to the database that you're exporting from. With some sources, the downloaded references appear immediately in your EndNote library. With others, a window launches to offer the option to either “Open with” (often with “Web Export Helper” or “EndNote X.0”) or to save your references as a text file; always select "Open with" to implement the Direct Export option.
With import filters, you perform searches in the database or catalog of your choice and then download the selected references in a text file format to your computer. From there, you import the data in the text file into your EndNote library. EndNote supplies hundreds of import filters, which are updated regularly and can be downloaded for free from the EndNote website.
EndNote is widely used for writing and publishing in the health and medical disciplines. Consequently, it provides particular support for PubMed, the online and freely available version of MEDLINE published by the National Library of Medicine. Things to note: