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Note: from EN20 the interface of the program has changed from prior versions, so it looks different, but works much the same, with the same features. The vast majority of current EndNote features are available in EndNote X7 onwards. Therefore using older training videos or guides is normally fine as a starting point.

Videos and Tutorials

See our own overview of installing and using EndNote 20:

Recording - Introduction to EndNote 20 Desktop 2022

Most people then continue with EndNote's own instructional videos - there are pages and pages of very short videos that tell you how to do very specific things with it, plus longer overview ones. There is also a text-based guide for Windows and guide for Mac.

If you are using X9 or lower, take a look at the LinkedIn Learning course (free to Trinity members).

Other Documentation

Additional Resources (including Trinity connection files, search filters and reference styles)

Connection Files

To install a connection file:

  • Double-click the title - it will open in EndNote
  • Go to FILE, then SAVE AS
  • Enter a file name and save. This will be the name of the connection file you pick from within EndNote when searching

Trinity College Dublin

Search for books and other material in our Library catalogue from within EndNote!

British Library (Better)

A much-improved version of the default British Library search

Search Filters

To install a filter:

  • Double-click the title - it will open in EndNote
  • Go to FILE, then SAVE AS
  • Enter a file name and save. This will be the name of the filter you pick from within EndNote when exporting

TCD Stella Search Filter

Due to the nature of the export, the record type (book, thesis etc.) is not always picked up by EndNote but the type can be changed within the record by using the Reference Type drop-down menu.

For journal articles found in Stella, we recommend using EBSCO’s own export function - clicking on the title of an article result will open the EBSCO record. The export option is on the right of the page and delivers considerably better quality references.

Term Lists

Instructions on using Term Lists

Used to expand abbreviated journal titles for various subjects (via University of Queensland). Contact Greg Sheaf for further details - generally styles will need to be amended slightly to expand the abbreviations.

Output Styles

Use EndNote's Searchable Download Site for additional EndNote Citation Styles, and instructions on how to add them to EndNote. Specific or customised styles are listed below.

Finding Full Text

There are a number of techniques to find PDFs of articles within an EndNote Library.

Find Full Text option

You should definitely try this first!

EndNote can attempt to locate full text files on the Web by using data stored in your references. Once found, EndNote downloads and attaches the files to the references.

Select up to 250 references - you can select more, but it will only operate on the first 250. Click on the Find Full Text icon (or right-click and choose Find Full Text).

Open URL Link option

EndNote can also attempt to find the full text of individual references, using the Trinity Full Text Finder service, as for links in Trinity-subscribed databases and other resources.

However, to do this you need to paste a line of code into the appropriate place in EndNote's settings.

Open Preferences. On Windows, this is under Edit; on Macs, under EndNote X9, EndNote 20 etc.. Navigate to Find Full Text and paste the code below into OpenURL Path. making sure the four boxes at the top are ticked. Then click OK to save and close.

Once this is done, you can right-click on a reference in your Library and select OpenURL Link. This then opens your default browser, asks you to log-in as Trinity, and attempts to find a link using our Full Text Finder service. This will not always be successful, but even if not it is useful as a way to get the article details into a browser, where you can then use a combination of Google Scholar (especially using the Google Scholar Button browser extension), Google, and our own Lean Library browser extension to get the full text.

Once you've downloaded a PDF, you can then attach it to the reference in EndNote in a number or ways, including dragging it onto the record in EndNote.