Figuring out EndNote
After having learned about EndNote and the bibliographymagic that it can do, I had finally decided to use it for my Ph.D. Back when I was writing up my M.Sc. thesis, I did not use any citation software or program, for fear that they would end up messing up my entire bibliography.
But something that so many grad students swear by cannot be that bad, can it?
So when I had finally installed EndNote on my laptop, I was ecstatic. Of course, I knew very well that it would take me weeks, or even months, before I would begin using EndNote on a daily basis, but I pretty much expected my EndNote library to populate itself.
I didn’t know how to begin, and EndNote tutorials that I found online didn’t help much. All they did was provide new users pages after pages of “User Manual” to digest. I turned to the internet, and almost immediately I knew what I had to do next.
I knew I had to ensure that all my references were entered into my EndNote library. To do this, I searched for the papers on Google Scholar, and imported the corresponding citations into my EndNote library.
The good news is, I didn’t have to manually enter all my references into EndNote, which could take a lot of time, considering the number references that I have accumulated over the years. Moreover, I figured that the less I had to type, the fewer mistakes I would make.
But the bad news is, there isn’t a way in which I could import multiple .enw files at once. I had to import the .enw files one-by-one, which can be quite time consuming too :( On the bright side, importing a single citation at a time allows me to at least read the title of the reference!
I guess I win, either way?