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EndNote: Filter file from database

Manage references and citations in your writing and research

Importing text files into EndNote with a "Filter"

Many databases that do not have the "direct export" button can still be used to download references into EndNote.

To do this they require you to save the references to your computer desktop and then import those references into EndNote by using a "filter file".

To see basic instructions on how to download your references to your EndNote library:

  1. In EndNote, click on Edit > Import Filters > Open Filter Manager
  2. Click on the name of the filter you need, and instructions for its use will appear in the "Comments" box at the bottom of the screen
  3. If the filter file that you need for a particular database is not listed in the Filter Manager, click on the button to Get More on the Web. This takes you to the EndNote web site where you can download the necessary filter and add it to your EndNote program

Adding EndNote files to your computer

In order to download a file to use in EndNote, you must open the file in the EndNote program and allow EndNote to save it to the directory it creates for that file.  If you allow EndNote to do this, the files you download:  Filters, Connections or Styles, will appear in the appropriate Manager.

Backing up

If we could just say one thing...

Back up your library!

Don't lose your work, make sure you regularly save a back-up copy of your EndNote library somewhere safe.

And don't save your "real" copy of your EndNote library on cloud storage (Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, etc), because the files are more likely to become corrupted. It's much safer to save your library to a hard drive.

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