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EndNote: Importing Citations

Browser extension

To add a browser extension that will capture references, log into your EndNote Web account, navigate to the Downloads tab, and install the Capture References or Firefox extension.

Downloads tab in EndNote Basic (Web) for browser extensions

EBSCO databases

To export references from EBSCO databases to EndNote Basic (Web) or EndNote Desktop, first click into the article record. Select Export from the right-hand toolbar, and choose your export destination according to your version of EndNote:

Direct Export in RIS Format for EndNote Desktop or Direct Export to EndNote Web.

EBSCO interface showing EndNote Web and Desktop export options

Google Scholar

To export a reference from Google Scholar to EndNote Desktop, select Cite underneath the article entry.

Google Scholar entry with Cite highlighted

Next, select EndNote at the bottom of the popup window and ensure the file will be opened with Endnote before clicking OK.

Google Scholar Cite menu and dialog box

There are two ways to export a reference from Google Scholar to EndNote Basic (Web)

Option 1: Save the .enw file from the Google Scholar Cite menu. Then use the Import References function in EndNote Basic to import the file. Be sure to change the dropdown menu for Import Option to EndNote import. Select a destination (a group, or [Unfiled] for your general library).

EndNote Basic (Web) import from Google Scholar

Option 2: Click on the article title to be taken to the article page from its publisher. Then, use the EndNote Capture extension to import the reference.

Using the EndNote Capture extension to import from a publisher website


To export references from PubMed to EndNote Desktop, select Send to -- Citation manager. Select Create File, then be sure to set Open with EndNote X8 before clicking OK.

PubMed Send to menu for exporting citation to EndNote


To export references from Scopus to EndNote Desktop, select RIS Format export from within an article record.

Exporting single citation from Scopus to EndNote Desktop

To export multiple references, select the references from the search results page, then click RIS export.

Exporting multiple citations from Scopus to EndNote Desktop


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