How to import references into EndNote
There are probably 1,001 other articles on the internet that describe the process of importing a reference into EndNote, but none that is straight-forward or simple enough to follow.
What I wanted to do was simple, and I knew it could be done. I have EndNote X5 installed on my computer. I have a box file full of references, and I would like to have these references in my EndNote library as well. So after searching online almost every step of the way, I have written down what worked for me, and I hope it would work for you too.
The entire process can be summarized as follows:
- Turn on the Bibliography Manager setting on Google Scholar by going to Google Scholar > Settings > Scroll to the bottom of the page to Bibliography Manager > Show links to import citations to: BibTex/EndNote/RefMan/RefWorks > Save
- Perform the search on Google Scholar
- Click on the “Import into EndNote” link located on the last line of each search result
- The .enw file will be saved/downloaded
- Open EndNote and the library
- To import the citation into EndNote, go to File > Import > Select .enw file and click “Import”
In just two days, I had managed to populate my EndNote library with my collection of references, without having to manually type them in.
Inevitably, I found that some imported citations were incomplete, so I cross-checked them with the printed references. I think cross-checking the references is a good exercise as it allows me to catch any errors or incomplete citations, hence maintaining the accuracy of the references.