EndNote Basic

This guide describes how to access and use EndNote Basic, a citation management system, and gives a brief overview of the desktop versions of EndNote

PubMed to Endnote Basic/Web

Importing from CINAHL and PubMed

When you search databases or library catalogs, you need to export your citations differently. There are 2 methods:  direct export & import filters.

For example, in CINAHL:

  • Select references you want to export by adding them to a folder.
  • In the folder, select them again.
  • Click the Export icon.
  • Select the Direct Export to EndNote Web option.
  • Click the Save button on the left to have your references imported.

PubMed requires import filters, so it's a slightly longer process.

In PubMed:

  • Select the references you wish to export.
  • Click the Send to link
  • Select Citation manager from the Destination list
  • Click Create File button.
  • Save the file to your desktop or anywhere that you will easily remember.

In EndNote Basic:

  • On the Collect tab, select Import References.
  • At File:, click the Choose File button & search for the file you saved.
  • From the Import Option menu, select the correct database. For PubMed, choose PubMed (NLM).
  • At To:, select the group that you want to place the references in.
  • Click the Import button.

Using MEDLINE instead of PubMed

If you search in Pubmed but are sick of needing to export your references to a file and then importing them in EndNote, you might consider searching Medline instead.  Then you'll have the slick "Save to EndNote" button which will import your records without extra steps. If you still want to use pubmed, then you might check out the excellent handouts prepared by Jeanne LeBer of the Eccles Health Sciences Library, or even take one of her classes.


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