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There are three ways of getting citations into your EndNote library: manually entering the information, using EndNote to search databases and adding those search results to the library, and searching databases directly where you can export those search results to EndNote.

Searching databases through EndNote

EndNote provides connection files to search some databases directly, with search results automatically added to your EndNote library. Freely accessible databases like Medline/Pubmed work seamlessly whether you are using the campus network or not. Some subscription-based databases like Web of Science will allow searching and importing article citations, but do not provide access to the full text of the articles when you are not using the campus network.

We recommend always using the database's native interface for searching. This allows you to take advantage of advanced search features and control exactly which citations to export to EndNote. (Searching within EndNote will download every matching citation.) Most databases will allow selecting specific citations in your results, then exporting that list to a .RIS file that EndNote can import. That process varies among database providers; instructions for most of our database providers are listed on pages linked below.

Instructions for searching or importing from databases

Download EndNote (from campus network)

The university has a site license for the EndNote product and makes it available to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

This product may be installed on any machines owned by the University. You may install it on personally owned machines if you are a graduate student, undergraduate student, faculty member or staff member of the University.

You have to be connected to the campus network, including the Virginia Tech VPN, to download EndNote  from the Software Distribution Office site. Once downloaded and installed, check periodically to see if there have been updates.

EndNote Online

EndNote Online is the cloud-based version of EndNote. There is a free version anyone (including alumni) can use; students, faculty, and staff have access to the full version of EndNote web (that can sync with your installed desktop version) because of our subscription to Web of Science. You can install browser extensions to ease access to your EndNote libraries while searching online.