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EndNote (Desktop version)

How to use a citation management program to organize your references and create in-text citations and bibliographies for your papers

Find and Save Citations

  1. Step 1- Search for your topic in the PubMed database.
  2. Step 2- Select your citations by checking off the boxes located to the left of each article in your search results.

  1. Step 3- In the upper right corner of your search results, click the Send To. A pop-up box called Choose Destination will appear. In this pop-up box, choose File by clicking the circle in the upper left corner beside File.

  1. Step 4- Under Format, select the arrow beside the dropdown menu and choose MEDLINE.

  1. Step 5- Ensure the circle beside File is checked off. Ensure the option under Format is MEDLINE, as in step 4. Then click the grey Create File button at the bottom left corner of the pop-up box.

  1. Step 6- Save your citations as a .txt file to your computer.

Import Citations as TXT Files into EndNote

In your EndNote library, prepare to import the citations:
  1. Step 1- Go to File in the top left hand corner of EndNote. Scroll down and click Import. Then click File, to open a file.

  1. Step 2- Browse for and select pubmed_result.txt file you had just saved on your computer according to the instructions in the "Find and Save Citations as a Text File" section above. A pop-up box called Import File will appear.
  2. Step 3-  In this pop-up box, select the arrow beside the Import Option dropdown. In this dropdown, scroll through and select  PubMed (NLM)-- If not listed, may be listed under Other Filters

  1. Step 4- Select the arrow for the dropdown beside Text Translation. Scroll down and choose Unicode UTF-8

  1. Step 5- Ensure sure you have: attached the .txt file of your references, changed Import Option to Pubmed (NLM), and changed Text Translation to Unicode (UTF-8) by following steps 2 – 4 above 

  1. Step 6- Click the Import button at the bottom of the pop-up box. Your references will be appear in the "Imported References" folder, which is located in the left-hand side menu in your EndNote library.