Switching Citation Managers
Endnote is designed to be a research manager like Mendeley which handles primarily PDFs. There are some drawbacks to Endnote, which may cause some users to want to switch to another citation manager, like perhaps Mendeley, Zotero, or RefWorks.
On this page, we will outline the steps that you need to go through in order to transfer your Endnote library to another citation manager.
Exporting your citations from Endnote
To export your citations from Endnote, you need to follow these steps. But also keep in mind different citation managers prefer different output formats from Endnote. Consult this table to see which you should choose:
|New Citation Manager||Output format|
- Open Endnote
- If you're exporting to RefWorks, then simply click on the Save a Copy option because RefWorks can import your Endnote library directly. Like so:
- If you're exporting to another citation manager, then click on the Export option in Endnote. Like so:
- Now for the next window, the output style section is not important. But you do need to be sure to select the XML type under the Save as type section. Like so:
Now you have your references ready to import into the new citation manager!
Importing your citations into RefWorks
- Log in to your RefWorks account
- Click on References and then select Import
- Make sure you select the From Endnote Database option. Browse for the file that you saved from Endnote. Then click Import to import your citations.
Importing your citations into Mendeley
- Open Mendeley and select File then Import then Endnote XML - Endnote x8, X1 to X3 (*xml). Like so:
- Choose the file that that you exported from Endnote and then click on Open.
Importing your citations into Zotero
- Open Zotero and click on the Gear icon and select Import. Like so:
- Select the file that you exported from Endnote and click open