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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.

Each database is different, so the export button may have various names. Look for any “export”, “send to” or “download” buttons. If you are not sure whether you can export to EndNote, check the database’s help section. We have described the steps for exporting from some of the most popular databases below. 

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 from Library Search results:

  • Mark the items you wish to keep by clicking on the pin icon at the top right-hand corner of each result. This will add it to your favourites folder.
  • Access the favourites folder by clicking the pin icon at the top right-hand corner of the page. 
  • In the favourites folder, tick the numbered boxes to select the records you want to export (or tick the box at the top of the list to select everything). Then click the three dots next to “My Favourites” and select Export RIS (EndNote). Click the Download button to download the records to your computer.
  • When the records have been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.

Export from Web of Science

To export from Web of Science:

  1. Tick the box to the left of the reference(s) you want.
  2. Select the “Export…” button and then choose “EndNote Desktop” from the drop-down box that appears.
  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”.

Export from Ovid databases

To export from Ovid databases:

  1. Choose the results you want to keep by ticking the boxes to the left of each result. You can also use the All tickbox 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-tick the “Search History” tickbox. 
  6. Click “Export” to download the records to your computer. 
  7. When the records have been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.

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 from Google Scholar:

  1. Click on the three lines at the top left of the Google Scholar homepage to open the menu, 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” next to or underneath the relevant reference to download the record to your computer.
  5. When the record has been downloaded, click on the file and select “Open”.