To import a saved database reference file into Endnote Online:
The Online Search function will allow you to connect to and search online databases without leaving Endnote. To get to Online Search, first click Collect from the top menu, then click Online Search.
To add a new reference by hand (manually), click Collect in the top menu and then click New Reference. You will be taken to a blank bibliographic record which you can fill out for your source. Note the Reference Type dropdown menu at the top of the record--selecting different reference types from this list will cause different types of fields to appear in the rest of the form. If you are not sure what type of reference you have or do not wish to specify a type, you can choose the "Generic" option from the dropdown menu. When you are finished entering information about your source, click Save either at the top or the bottom of the page.
Note: The Save button does not appear until you have typed in at least one of the fields on the form, so do not worry if you don't see it at first.
There are two ways of importing citations into EndNote from PubMed. Both methods follow the first three steps. Method #1 tends to be faster but it does not work on some computers. If you try Method #1 and no citations appear in your EndNote library, move on to Method #2.
1. Conduct a search in PubMed.
2. Check the boxes next to articles for the citations you wish to download. If you wish to download all of the citations If you're conducting multiple searches, save items to your Clipboard, a temporary storage space in PubMed. You can do this by selecting Clipboard from the Send to menu. If you do this, a Clipboard icon and the number of items on it will be displayed at the upper right of the page. To view the items on your Clipboard, click on the items link next to the icon.
3. Once you are ready to export your results, click the Send to menu at the upper right corner of your results page or Clipboard. Select Citation manager. You can download up to 10,000 citations at a time in the new PubMed. Click Create File. Your computer will download a .nbib file.
From here, move onto either Method #1 or Method #2.
1. Locate the .ris file in your downloads and right click. Hover over Open With and select EndNote. If you do not see EndNote on the dropdown shortlist, select Other and choose EndNote from the options provided.
2.Your citations will automatically appear in your EndNote library. If you do not already have EndNote open, your computer will open your EndNote library.
If you have a Mac, please see alternate instructions here.
1. Follow steps 1-3 listed under Beginning Steps (above).
2. In EndNote, locate the Import option and select File.
3. Select the .ris file downloaded from PubMed. Set Import Option to Reference Manager (RIS). If you do not see Reference Manager (RIS) in the dropdown, select Other Filters and search for Reference Manager (RIS) in the list.
4. Select Import. Your citations should now load into EndNote.
Follow the steps in the box below to import the file into Endnote Online.