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Adding References

Most (but not all!) databases will allow you to import a reference directly to Endnote. Look for an option such as Export, Save Citation or Download Citation. Check the specific database help if you can't see an option to export.

If prompted, select the format to export to (Endnote can use .RIS and .ENW files).

If the exported file doesn't open automatically, open your browser's downloads folder and open it from there by double-clicking on the file.

When imported into Endnote, the reference will appear in the library under Imported References in the Library Panel.

NOTE: Double check that the citation details are correct in the Reference Detail panel: not all imported references will be 100% accurate! If you see an error, you can correct it in the Reference tab in the Reference Detail panel.

If your chosen database doesn't have an export option, you can still add references to your library manually.

Click the New Reference button on the toolbar.

A blank reference will open. From here you can change the reference type. Enter in all the available details for the reference. You don't need to fill in every field, just the ones you can.

Once finished, click on Save Reference in the File menu.

You can also use this screen to edit the details of an existing reference. Just select the reference in the Reference List panel and click on the Reference tab in the Reference Detail panel.

Adding References from FindIt@Flinders

Importing your Historic Loans to Endnote

It is possible to import the list of books you have previously loaned out from the library into Endnote, but it is a fiddly process.

  1. Log into FindIt@Flinders with your FAN and password.
  2. Open My Account and click on "List of Historic Loans.
  3. Copy the text from the historic loans list
  4. Paste into a blank Excel spreadsheet
  5. Remove columns D, E and F
  6. Add the text “Reference type” in A1
  7. Replace the text “Location” with “Call Number” in D1
  8. Remove any empty rows
  9. Fill down the A column with the word “Generic"
  10. Save as tab delimited text file
  11. Open in a text editor and remove any double quotes (“)
  12. Add a new line at the top of the file with the contents *Generic
  13. Import into Endnote (as tab delimited text)

You can also watch the video below for help on importing these files to Endnote.


Whenever you use Google Scholar, you should do so through the Flinders Library. Use the Google Scholar link in the Databases A-Z list to ensure you can link back to subscribed resources.

Setting up Google Scholar

Before using Scholar with Endnote, you first need to tell Google what format to export citations in. Once in Scholar, click on Settings.

Under Bibliography Manager, click the Show links to import citations into drop down menu and select Endnote.

Click the Save button.

Importing into Endnote

You will now get an Import into Endnote option. Click it to import the reference into Endnote.




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