OK so you know your referencing style, how is EndNote going to help you?
When you use databases or library Search you can export the details of the article, book etc. into your EndNote library. But this isn’t the end of the story, you can then use the ‘cite while you write’ function in EndNote to put your in-text citations into your thesis or report and at the same time EndNote will automatically start creating your reference list at the end of your paper in your chosen referencing style. No more painstaking typing of references!
How do you start?
It’s best to book into an EndNote class to get started, as the librarians will give you lots of tips and tricks to make EndNote run smoothly. Once your EndNote library is set up then most databases will have an export function to add references straight into your library.
You can attach the full text PDF’s of articles to your EndNote library which can save time when you are writing your thesis as the article and its citation are in the same place. With EndNote you can also highlight and annotate PDF’s (see right) which makes the relevant parts of the article more easy to spot when typing your assignment.
Paula Todd is a subject librarian for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She is based at Peninsula Library.