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What is EndNote?

EndNote is bibliographic management software for organizing and formatting citations for publication.
The College of Medicine has made EndNote available for all College of Medicine members.

Installing and Using EndNote

  • If you are a member of the College of Medicine and would like to install EndNote on a managed (departmental) machine, contact the HCIS Help Desk
  • If you are a member of the College of Medicine and would like to install EndNote on a personal or off-campus machine, go to the link below and sign on with your HawkID.
  • Once you are signed in you should see the EndNote section. Click on EndNote; this should take you to the Secure page for the EndNote install. As long as you have access rights it should populate a red section that reads ‘CCOM Students, Faculty, and Staff. You are eligible to download EndNote as part of a license agreement with the College of Medicine through the EndNote for COMM download page.
  • Click on the EndNote for CCOM download page; it should take you to the installer and populate the license code for you to install. If you have any issues with this installer please let us know.
  • Non-CCOM students can purchase a copy of the EndNote application, it is available from ITS at a reduced price:
  • If you would like one-on-one or small-group help in using EndNote, contact Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.
  • The EndNote Support & Services page supplies a variety of filters and connection files and includes FAQs, tip sheets, and technical support contact information.

Let the HCIS Help Desk know about any issues you run into by contacting them at 6-0001 or They will know where to route your call based on where you run into problems. They will also help document any recurring issues.

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EndNote Tipsheets

EndNote Tutorials

EndNote Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I attach a PDF to my reference?

  1. Right click on a reference and select File Attachments and then Attach File.
  2. Select the file that you want to attach. By default, EndNote will copy the file to the EndNote library folder and link to this copy. This ensures that the file is always accessible. The check-box at the bottom of the page will disable this feature.
    – To open the file, right click on the reference, select File Attachments and then Open File.

How can I connect to InfoLink through EndNote?

  1. From the Edit menu, select Preferences and then click on URLS & Links.
  2. Click the checkbox next to Enable OpenURL. Enter the following into the OpenURL Path box:
    – To use InfoLink to access the full-text, right click on the reference and select URL and then OpenURL Link. The InfoLink box should appear.

How can I make EndNote automatically convert abbreviated journal names to full journal names?

  1. Start with a new library. Contact us if you want to make the change to an existing library.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Define Term Lists, then click on Journals.
  3. Click Import List, and then navigate to the folder where you installed EndNote (usually C:/Program Files/EndNote) and open the Term Listsfolder.
  4. Double click on Medical.txt. EndNote will add ~9000 journal names and abbreviations to your library.This will not change how your journal names appear within EndNote. When you format your bibliography, however, EndNote will switch between abbreviated and full names as required by the style.

How can I find full text?
EndNote will attempt to locate the full text (PDF or HTML) of articles in your library. Full text availability is limited to journals to which the UI Libraries subscribe electronically and for which full text is available.

To set up Find Full Text:

  1. From the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  2. Click on Find Full Text.
  3. Click all of the checkboxes (ISI Web of Knowledge Full Text Links, DOI, PubMed LinkOut, and OpenURL).
  4. In the Open URL Path box, enter
  5. If you are using EndNote from off-campus, you will need to enter beside the box labeled Authentication URL.

To find full-text:

  • Select the desired references in your EndNote Library. (CTRL-click will let you select more than one reference; Shift-click will let you select a range of references.)
  • From the Reference menu, move your cursor to Find Full Text, then select Find Full Text from the pop-up menu.
  • Click OK on the copyright notice.
  • EndNote will begin looking for full-text and will track its progress in the blue side panel, showing how many articles it has checked, how many PDFs and HTML articles it has found, and how many it could not find.
  • When EndNote finds a PDF, a paperclip appear in the attachment column, and the PDF appears in the File Attachments field of the reference. Click on the PDF to open the article.
    – PDFs are stored in the Endnote library’s .data file, in a folder called PDF.
  • If EndNote can only find an HTML version of the article, a link to that version appears in the reference’s URL field.