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EndNote Basic

Provides an introduction to a free, web-based version of the citation management software, EndNote, that is best used as a collaborative tool.

Importing from the Web of Science

It is easy to import citations to your EndNote Online account from Clarivate Analytics' databases, such as Web of Science & BIOSIS.  After you've done your search in the database,

  • Select references to import
  • Click the Save to EndNote Online link above your results

Web of Science search results page with Export dropdown menu showing EndNote Online export option.


  • Sign in to EndNote Online, if you haven't already
  • Select the format (we suggest Full Record)
  • Click Send.

Online Searching from EndNote Online

You can search some free databases, such as PubMed, directly through EndNote Online using the Online Search option. Although this saves you a few keystrokes, you also don't have access to the more advanced search tools the databases offer. We recommend using Online Search only for importing known references.

To search a database,

  • Hover over Collect & select Online Search.
  • Select the database you want to search from the dropdown menu or add to your list of favorites on the right.

EndNote Online library window, showing Collect/Online Search options and dropdown menu to select database to search.

  • Click the Connect button.

In the Online Search window,

  • Enter your search terms, using the dropdown menus to select appropriate fields & click Search.

EndNote Online Online Search with author title and journal name filled in.

To import the record(s),

  • Select the new record(s) & add them to a group. "Unfiled" is appropriate if you don't want to put them in a specific group.

Importing from Other Databases

When you search databases or library catalogs, you need to export your citations differently. There are 2 methods:  direct export & import filters.


  • Select references you want to export by adding them to a folder.
  • In the folder, select them again.
  • Click the Export icon.
  • Select the Direct Export to EndNote Web option.
  • Click the Save button on the left to have your references imported.


In PubMed:

  • Select the references you wish to export.
  • Click the Send to link.
  • Select Citation manager.
  • Click Create File button.
  • Save the file to Downloads or anywhere that you will easily remember.

Dropdown menu that lets you export from PubMed


Then in EndNote Online:

  • On the Collect tab, select Import References.
  • At File:, click the Choose File button & search for the file you saved.
  • From the Import Option menu, select the correct database. For PubMed, choose PubMed (NLM).
  • At To:, select the group that you want to place the references in.
  • Click the Import button.

In EndNote Online, import PubMed results using Import References page

Adding Citations Manually

You can manually enter citations for references that can't be electronically imported, such as book chapters or web sites.

  • From Collect, select New Reference.
  • Select the reference type from the drop-down menu,
  • Enter enough information to create a citation (for example, chapter author, chapter title, book title, book authors/editors, date, publisher, page numbers).
  • Click the Save button.

WIndow to enter reference information by hand.

Adding Citations