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EndNote: Adding full text to references

How to use EndNote software to save, manage, and print citation information within your papers.

Populating references with full text

References in our EndNote library can be populated with full text (usually PDF's) in two ways;

  • Automatically by EndNote
  • Manually

NOTE: The PDF's you populate your library with are parked in your Machine (usually the C drive). This means that you cannot export them onto a net based database when you export the references.

NOTE:  You must determine copyright stipulations for each publication. Just because you can download a PDF from a publisher does not mean you have the right to store it in a library (or any other database).  A quick way of determining copyright is through the  Sherpa Romeo site

1.    Automatic full text addition within an EndNote library;

  •     Highlight the references you want to populat with full text by clicking on them. For multiple references press control while clicking
  • On the left column click on Find Full Text. This feature will give you a count of how many references were populated with full text vs the number that were not.

2.    Manual addition of full text.

  • download a PDF to a file in your computer
  • Highlight the individual reference you want to add full text to
  • In the top tab click on References  go to File attachments from the dropdown list and click on attach file
  • select the PDF you want to attach to the record
  • click on Open. The PDF should now be attached to your record

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