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BIEB 121: Ecology Laboratory: EndNote Basic (Web)

This guide supports the BIEB 121 course at UC San Diego.

Accessing EndNote Web

The EndNote desktop program is currently one of the most popular citation management programs at UCSD.  EndNote Basic is the web version and is available freely, with a slightly upgraded version also available at no cost to UC, due to our site license for Web of Science.  EndNote Basic can be used alone or as a compliment to desktop EndNote X-X7, or higher.

 Accessing EndNote Basic (Web)

The easiest way to access it is to go directly to the EndNote Basic 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 Web (Basic) features.

Brief Introduction to EndNote Web

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 Web Workbook

Use this "EndNote Basic" workbook for detailed instructions on the above methods for collecting references, organizing your references, creating bibliographies, selecting and changing publication styles, and linking your references to MS Word.

Questions? Contact me

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Jenny Reiswig
UC San Diego Library
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La Jolla, CA, 92093