Workshop: EndNote Basics for Support Staff

What:  In this class, we’ll focus on the skills needed most for support staff managing EndNote libraries.  We’ll begin by discussing citation management programs, how they’re used, & the library resources that you’ll be using in your work.  We’ll then move on to entering references manually, finding and importing known references from online databases such as PubMed, and inserting citations and formatting and reformatting bibliographies in Word documents.

When:  Thursday 4/11 from 9:00-10:30am

Where:  Taubman Learning Center, 2802 Med Sci II
1137 Catherine Street, Medical Campus

How:  sign up for the workshop here

Workshop! EndNote Basics for Researchers

What: If you’re involved in research and publishing, using EndNote can make your life much easier.  In this introductory class, we’ll cover the basics of creating and managing your own bibliographic database, including importing search results from online resources, such as PubMed, and Medline (OVID), and generating formatted bibliographies. In addition, you’ll learn to use EndNote’s Cite While You Write feature, which lets you easily insert and edit citations as you work.

When:  Thursday 3/21 from 11:00am – 12:30 pm

Where:  Taubman Learning Center, 2802 Med Sci II
1137 Catherine Street, Medical Campus

How:  sign up for the workshop here

Workshop: EndNote Basics for Support Staff

What:  In this class, we’ll focus on the skills needed most for support staff managing EndNote libraries.  We’ll begin by discussing citation management programs, how they’re used, & the library resources that you’ll be using in your work.  We’ll then move on to entering references manually, finding and importing known references from online databases such as PubMed, and inserting citations and formatting and reformatting bibliographies in Word documents.

When:  Thursday 3/14 from 9:00-10:30am

Where:  Taubman Learning Center, 2802 Med Sci II
1137 Catherine Street, Medical Campus

How:  sign up for the workshop here

What’s Mendeley? And Why You’re Going to Love It.

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I won’t spend a ton of time here going into the (many) reasons why Mendeley is so phenomenal, because I”m pretty sure that just 1 fact will be enough to convince you: drag & drop.

Let’s say you have a PDF of that perfect article (or 10) for the paper you’re writing:

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With Mendeley, all you have to do is drag & drop the PDF into Mendeley Desktop (downloadable on Windows, Mac, & Linux), and (this is the BEST part) Mendeley automatically extracts all the metadata from the PDF and you have a full citation, with practically no effort on your part:

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We literally had people gasp during this demonstration. I promise you’ll love it.

Now, there are a ton of additional features in Mendeley – it has become the social network for researchers because it is so easy to share information and see what your peers in the field are reading & researching. The University of Michigan is one of the largest university users to boot.

We have some really wonderful guides to help you get started with Mendeley (and the company itself has pretty great support products/videos); there’s also this handy comparison chart of the various citation management options available at UM, because depending on your needs, Mendeley might not necessarily be the best fit for you. You can always set up some time with your Liaison Librarian to discuss the best option for you!

And 2 final points of warning (because what sort of librarian-in-training would I be if I didn’t test the system before recommending it to you?):

1. If you’re used to using EndNote  and attaching PDFs to citations, then beware that if you delete the PDF, you won’t be able to click the PDF icon in Mendeley Desktop and still being able open up the article (because unlike EndNote, at least EndNote X6, Mendeley does not duplicate the PDF in a .data folder). In the screenshots above, after I dragged the article into Mendeley, then deleted the article from my desktop, I could no longer reopen the article from within Mendeley Desktop. However, if you just move the PDF around to a different location on your computer, Mendeley will still be able to locate the article.

2. This drag & drop feature is only as good as the metadata attached to the PDF – the example above is a 2012 article with lots of metadata (thankfully) attached to it; this isn’t always the case, especially with older articles.

EndNote Questions Answered – Importing references using the Save/Export link on the MGet It menu

Do you import references that you have in hand by looking it up in a database and using the Export/Save link on the MGet It menu?

Stop!  There’s a better, easier way to import references to EndNote that will get you more complete information into the bargain.

In addition to only bringing in  basic information, right now, due to a programming error,  only 1 author is imported, even when there are many authors (as in the figure below, where only 1 of the 15 authors is listed and imported).

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Here’s what you should do instead.  When you have a complete citation in hand, use the Online Search feature of EndNote to bring in complete information from PubMed, Web of Science, or library catalogs.

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All authors (and the abstract, DOI, URL, and more) are imported.

If you’ve already used the Save/Export link to import references, use Online Search to create new, more complete references in your EndNote library.

Featured Workshop: EndNote Beyond the Basics

Sponsored by: Taubman Health Sciences Library

You’ve learned the basics of managing your bibliographic citations with EndNote, but you know there is so much more you can do with the program. This class will show you how to maximize your use of EndNote by customizing styles, importing PDFs and more. You will also learn more about using EndNote’s Cite While You Write feature in Microsoft Word.

When:
Wednesday, 11/7, 9:30am – 11:00am

Where:
Taubman Learning Center, 2802 Medical Sciences Building 2
1137 Catherine Street, Medical Campus

Register here:
Teaching and Technology Collaborative Online Registration
https://ttc.iss.lsa.umich.edu/ttc/sessions/endnote-beyond-the-basics/

Updating references in EndNote

Do you need to find PMCIDs for references already in your EndNote library? Do you want to update references that are missing abstracts or other pieces of information? You can with EndNote X5’s Reference Update function, which allows you to compare a reference in your library with an entry in an online database (PubMed, XRef, or Web of Science).


1.  Select and double-click a reference in your EndNote library to open it.
2.  Click on the Update Reference icon in the upper left.

3.  In the window that opens, you will see a new record on the left & the original record on the right.  The fields that are different are highlighted.

4.  You can update all fields or empty fields only.  You can update one reference or a group of references.

Find out more with this video from Yale.  If you have more questions about EndNote, look at the Library’s Citation Managment guide, which has a handy list of EndNote FAQs and more videos and handouts, or contact your liaison librarian.

EndNote Question–Answered!

Need to put youir EndNote library or group into Excel or Access?  It’s easy!  Just use this output style file and follow the directions below.

1. Save the output style to your computer (Documents/EndNote/Styles).

2.  In EndNote:  Export the references in your library (from the File menu, select Export). Your references will be saved as a text (.txt) file. At the bottom of the “Export file name” box check that the name of the style you just edited is listed in the “select output style” option.

3. Save the exported references.

4.  In Excel or Access:

  • From the File menu, select Open and find your .txt file.
  • In the Text Import Wizard, first select Delimited.
  • Next, select Other & enter the character you used to separate the fields.
  • On the next page, leave General selected.
  • Click Finish.

Add a header row; you may also need to delete some extra spaces.

Find more answers to your questions about EndNote on our research guide: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/citationmanagement

PubMed results – A new option for export

Are you tired of all the steps that it takes to export references from PubMed? Now it’s a bit easier.  PubMed has just added a new option to its Send to menu:  Citation manager which combines 2 steps–creating a file, then formatting it– into one.

  1. Select the references you want to export
  2. Click the Send to link and choose Citation manager
  3. Click Create file
  4. In the “Opening citations.nbib” window, You can either choose “Save the file to your desktop” option and import the file in the usual way, or if you use EndNote, you can choose to “Open with” option, browse to and select the EndNote program, select the PubMed filter and your references will be imported.

 

 

EndNote – Bibliography in different font

Is the bibliography in your Word document in a different font than the one you’re using for the rest of your paper?  here’s what to do.

  • On the EndNote tab in Word, click the box directly to the right of  “Bibliography,” which will open a new window.

  • lick the Layout tab.  Choose the correct font and size.

Click OK.

If these directions don’t work, follow this link for more suggestions.