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Marine Biology: EndNote - Web Version

Library guide for resources in the areas of Marine Biology

Accessing EndNote Online

The EndNote desktop program is currently one of the most popular citation management programs at UCSD.  The online web version of EndNote is available freely to anyone, with a slightly upgraded version, also available at no cost, for the UC community, due to our site license for Web of Science.  EndNote online can be used alone or as a compliment to desktop EndNote X-20, or higher.

 Accessing EndNote

The easiest way to access it is to go directly to the EndNote website using the URL:  

Sign up for an account on campus, or via proxy or virtual private network (VPN) access from off campus.

The Firefox browser works best for all EndNote online features.


Brief Introduction to EndNote

There are 4 main ways to get references into EndNote:

1.   Type references in using the New Reference template.

2.   Direct export is available from some databases, including Web of Science, BIOSIS, INSPEC, and Zoological Record.  This enables the saving of records directly into EndNote rather than having to save to a file on the desktop and then importing.  It saves a few clicks.

3.   Online Search feature to search article databases or library catalogs from within EndNote.

4.   Search for your desired references in an article database like GeoRef, ASFA, MGA, PubMed,  SciFinder Scholar, or even Google Scholar, then Download selected references to your computer and Import them into EndNote.

Which of the above is best to use?

·       For a complex or comprehensive search, options 2 or 4 are the preferred ones because they are more powerful and accurate in retrieving citations.  

·       Typing in references is easy but time consuming and potentially error prone. 

·       The online search works for a few databases and is great for known items, i.e., author(s) and a specific article, or for a book in the library’s catalog

Once you have collected citations, EndNote can help you easily insert a citation in the text of your document and also put it in the correct format based on the citation style you select.   

EndNote Online Brief Guide

Questions? Contact me

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Amy Butros
UC San Diego Library
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Eckart Building, 2nd floor
858-822-3074 (email preferred)