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Export references into EndNote

EndNote can receive references directly from a range of search tools, including databases. This is known as exporting references. Here are the steps for exporting from some of the most popular databases.

Each database is different, so the export button may have various names. Look for any “export”, “send to” or “download” buttons near the search results on the database you are using. If you are not sure whether you can export to EndNote, check the database’s help section.

Records are automatically imported into the EndNote library that you have opened. If you do not have an EndNote library open, EndNote will prompt you to choose one.

In some browsers, your records will be downloaded in a file. To import them to EndNote, click on the file and choose “Open”. If you are prompted for an import filter, scroll down the list and select the database you are using.

Export from Library Search results

To export references from Library Search results:

  • Mark the items you wish to keep by clicking on the “Add item to favourites” pin icon for each result. This will add it to your favourites folder.
  • Click on the “Go to my favourites” pin icon in the header at the top of the page to access your favourites folder.
  • In the favourites folder, select the records you want to export (or choose to select all items at the top of the list).
  • Click the “push-to actions” three dots next to “My Favourites” and select Export RIS (EndNote). Click the Download button (or Import to Citation Manager) to save the records to your computer.
  • When the records have been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.

Watch our video on how to export references from Library Search results (opens in YouTube).

Export from Web of Science

To export references from Web of Science:

  1. Select the checkbox to the left of the reference(s) you want.
  2. Select the “Export…” button and then choose “EndNote Desktop” from the drop-down box.
  3. In the pop-up box, choose the record fields that you want to export. (Author, Title, Source, Abstract is a common choice).
  4. Select “Export” to download the records to your computer.
  5. When the records have been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.

Watch our video on how to export references from Web of Science (opens in YouTube).

Export from Ovid databases

To export references from Ovid databases:

  1. Choose the results you want to keep by selecting the boxes to the left of each result. You can also use the All checkbox to select all the results of a search (maximum 5000).
  2. Select the “Export” button above your results.
  3. Choose “RIS” (not “EndNote”) from the “Format” drop-down menu.
  4. Use the “Fields” drop-down menu to select how much of the record to export (citation and abstract is a common choice).
  5. Un-select the “Search History” checkbox.
  6. Click “Export” to download the records to your computer.
  7. When the records have been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.

Watch our video on how to export references from Ovid (opens in YouTube)

Export from Google Scholar

You can only export one reference at a time from Google Scholar, so it is not suitable for comprehensive literature searching.

To export references from Google Scholar:

  1. Click on the Google Scholar homepage menu (the three lines at the top left), and then click “Settings”.
  2. Under “Bibliography Manager” select the option “Show links to import citations into” and choose “EndNote”.
  3. Save.
  4. Search in Google Scholar, then click on “Import into EndNote” for each relevant reference to download the record to your computer.
  5. When the record has been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.