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Advanced Nursing: EndNote & Referencing

EndNote & Referencing

You should be familiar with APA Referencing style by now. It's handy to have the University's Referencing page bookmarked for constant checking! The ART tool and the Referencing Summary are both essential to have on hand.

If you haven't started using EndNote yet to help you organise your references and cite-while-you-write, now is the time to bite the bullet. It may take a short while to get used to it and set it up, but in the end it will save you hours of time.

It's a good idea to enrol in an Online Library Workshop about EndNote if you haven't used it before - see the information below. Trying to set it up with no instruction at all could result in frustration and not using it properly. Once you have it set up and running, if you have any problems at all, please contact the Library.

About EndNote

The Library's EndNote Guide has all the information you need about this program, which can be used to:

  • Record and manage the details of journals and books you have found in your research;
  • Store and manage PDF copies of articles you download;
  • Allow you to annotate and add notes to PDFs;
  • Insert citations and bibliography entries in Microsoft Word documents in a range of referencing styles, including APA.

Downloading Endnote

Before installing the latest version of EndNote on a personal computer, please ensure you have uninstalled any previous versions of EndNote,  For information on how to uninstall EndNote please see Uninstalling EndNote in our Endnote Guide.

For information on how to Install EndNote see Download & Install in our EndNote Guide.

Getting Started - Creating a new Library In Endnote

When you start EndNote the first time, you will be presented with the Welcome to EndNote guide screen prompting you to set up an account in EndNote Online.

  • Close the Welcome to EndNote guide using the close button on the top left hand corner of the guide, you can create an EndNote Online account later if required.
  • Select File > New to create and save a new 'library'. EndNote will name your library My EndNote Library (note: do not save your EndNote Library to any cloud syncing folders including OneNote)
  • If you have used EndNote before and wish to open an existing EndNote library, select File > Open
  • If you have previously used EndNote and created a library on that computer, EndNote will automatically open the last 'library' you used.

Important - Please see Creating your Library in our Endnote Guide for information on managing and storing your EndNote files.

Adding References to Your Library

Once you have created an EndNote Library you can begin adding references to your Library. References can either be entered manually or can be downloaded/exported from Primo Search, the journal databases or from Google Scholar.

Endnote x8 Library

Once references have been added to EndNote you then have the option of attaching PDFs to those records.

For more information and instructions on how to download references and attach PDFs please see Manually Adding & Editing References, Using Direct Export & Attaching Full-Text PDF Files to Records from our EndNote Guide.

What is EndNote?

Endnote & Word

Once you have added references to your Endnote Library you can then use the Endnote toolbar which will now be in Word to insert in-text citations and reference list entries in your chosen referencing style in Word documents.

Insert In-Text Citations in Word

  • From the EndNote Tab in Word click Insert Citation - Find Citation (Note: ensure you have the correct/required referencing style selected in the EndNote toolbar)

Endnote x8 toolbar in Word

  • Type an author's last name, keyword or year into the search box & click Find
  • From the list of results choose the appropriate reference
  • Click Insert

For more information see EndNote & Microsoft Word in our EndNote Guide.

Want to Learn More About Endnote? Online Library Workshops

The Library holds Online Library Workshops (OLWs) at various times throughout the year. The OLWs are conducted in real-time and you can attend from the comfort of your home or favourite study space. They cover a variety of topics including EndNote. For more information and to register, head to the Library's OLW page.

Register for an Online Library Workshop

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