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EndNote: Exporting references from EndNote to use in other formats

Create an "independent bibliography"

EndNote is designed to insert citations while you are writing your document (Cite While You Write), but sometimes there are good reasons NOT to use it and create an "independent bibliography" at the end of a document instead:

  • The document only has a few references
  • You want to be able to edit the bibliography references like the rest of the text
  • You aren't using Word or your toolbar isn't working
  • You think Cite While You Write is too complicated
  • You just want a formatted ist of your references to share with someone.

To create a separate bibliography:

  1. In EndNote > Select references you want for your reference list.
  2. Select Edit > Copy Formatted
  3. In Word select Edit > Paste - Keep Source formatting to paste the reference list.

Exporting references from EndNote to use in other formats

References from EndNote can be exported in a number of formats, such as

  • RIS - to upload to other systems such as ResearchOnline@JCU, Readings, Publons or other referencing software such as Mendeley or Zotero.
  • tab delimited files - to use with Excel and spreadsheet programs
  • BibTex - to use with LaTex files
  • XML
  • and many more.

To export references in your EndNote library and save them in another format:

  1. Select the references which you want to export
  2. Go to File > Export...
  3. Choose the file location and name it
  4. Save as Type: .txt
  5. Choose the Output Style: e.g. RefMan (RIS) format for RIS files or Tab Delimited
    If your style does not show, then choose Select Another Style at the top of the menu and then locate the file type
  6. If you have only selected some references, make sure that the Export Selected References tickbox is checked.

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