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EndNote - Basic (Online) & Desktop

This guide contains information on the citation management tool EndNote. Content references both the Basic (Online/Free) version and the Desktop (Paid) version.

Importing Citations from PubMed

Importing manually

In PubMed, download a file of the desired records.

  • Selected desired citations by checking the box to the left of individual citations.
  • From the Send to menu, choose Citation manager.
  • Click Create File.

In EndNote Basic, import the saved PubMed file (citations.nbib).

  • Go to the Collect tab and choose Import References.
  • In File: click Browse to select the file from your computer.
  • In Import Option: select PubMed (NLM) from the list.
  • In To: select New Group or the appropriate folder.
  • Click the Import button.


Using EndNote Basic with Other Databases

Look for a direct export option to move citations automatically into EndNote Basic.

If no such option is offered, you can always create a text file of the citations then import the text file into EndNote Web. Look for format options such as:

complete reference 

full format

generic bibliographic management software

EndNote Export

RIS format

What Import Filter Option to Choose?

Usually, the import filter to use is the one that describes the combination of database and database provider.  For example, PsycInfo (OVID) or PsycInfo (Ebsco).

However, there are specific file extensions that denote which filter to use

File extension Import Option
Import Options
.nbib PubMed (NLM)
.ris RefMan (RIS)
.enw EndNote Import

If none of these work, double-check that the text file was saved in the correct format.

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