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EndNote Tutorials: Google Scholar and EndNote

EndNote is a citation management tool used by researchers, faculty, and students to store, organize and cite references. This guide is to show how to use EndNote effectively.

How to Configure Google Scholar Settings to Export References to EndNote?

To import references from Google Scholar into an EndNote desktop library, users need to configure the Google Scholar Settings first to make the “Import into EndNote” option available in Google Scholar search results. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  • Go to Google Scholar at http://scholar.google.com.
  • Click on the menu button on the upper left corner of the screen.
  • Click Settings (the last one).
  • On the “Scholar Settings” page, under Bibliography Manager, click in the radio button next to “Show links to import citations into” and choose “EndNote” in the drop down menu.
  • Then click on the “Save” button in the lower right corner.
  • The “Import into EndNote” option will be shown in Google Scholar search results display.

How to Export a Reference from Google Scholar to EndNote?

To export references from Google Scholar into EndNote, here are the steps.

  • Perform a search in Google Scholar <http://scholar.google.com> .
  • At the desired reference, click on “Import into EndNote” link located right beneath the reference.
  • In the pop-up File Download window, click on the “Open” button.
  • The chosen reference will be automatically exported into your EndNote library.

Note: 1). Using this method, you can export only one reference at a time from Google Scholar into EndNote. 2). Not all the information in the reference can be exported. Fields like keywords and abstracts are not exported. Therefore, if a reference is available in PubMed or other databases, please import it from those resources into EndNote so that more bibliographic information of the record will be included.

How to Export a Batch of References from Google Scholar to EndNote

To export a batch of references from Google Scholar into EndNote, you need to log in to your gmail account and follow the steps below.

  • Perform a search in Google Scholar <http://scholar.google.com> .
  • Select the references you want to keep by clicking the star icon beneath each selected reference. 
  • Click My library on the upper right corner of the screen.
  • This will display all your selected references. Click the box on the top of the screen (right beneath the search box).
  • Click the downward arrow on the top and choose EndNote to export them. See the screen capture below:

  • The selected references will be saved in a file to the lower left cornor.
  • Clicking that file will automatically place the references in your EndNote library (the one you previously worked with will be used if you do not choose a specific library beforehand.)

Note: 1). Be aware that using this method, you must sign in your gmail account. 

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