From the PubMed results page, you can use the checkboxes to select specific citations to export. Otherwise, if you don't check any citations, PubMed selects all of the search results. Note, you may also store references on the Clipboard and then follow the steps below from the clipboard.
Do Not Use the Online Search Mode (Globe Icon)
General Subject Search
It is better to search PubMed and then add the references to your EndNote Library. This is because the way EndNote searches PubMed. EndNote only searches for the exact words that match your search. Whereas a search in PubMed also translates your search words to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) which increases the number of citations retrieved. Also, when doing a search in PubMed you are able to limit the search to journals owned by Life West or available for free.
Do Use the Online Search Mode (Globe Icon)
EndNote does well with a specific author, article or title search. If you do an author search using EndNote the format for the author must be enter as Smith, A.B. A comma is needed after the last name and a period is needed after each initial. Organizations (corporate names) must be enter as the full title and a comma placed after it (Centers for Disease Control,).
It is a Preview Mode
The Online Search Mode is considered a preview mode and will not automatically add the references found to your library. This mode allows you to decide which references to keep.
In Google Scholar you can import individual citations (not groups of citations) into EndNote. You must first configure Google Scholar.
While EndNote makes it easy to import references from a database (e.g., PubMed), there are times you will need to manually create one. For example, if you are citing a webpage or website, you will need to manually create the reference in EndNote.
To manually add a reference, click the New Reference icon (or click References tab and select New Reference). From the “New Reference” box follow the steps below:
To save, click the X (upper right corner) of the Reference window (or • button on upper left corner for Mac).
Note: Be careful not to close the entire library by mistake! If you do this, you will have to re-launch your library and re-enter a new reference.
If the folder was set up in Edit > Preferences > PDF Handling, any PDFs stored there will be automatically imported into EndNote desktop version the next time the program is opened. EndNote will attempt to fill out the proper fields. its accuracy depends on how the PDF was created in the first place.
If you import only the PDF, rather than manually attach it to an existing citation, EndNote can generate a complete and accurate citation only if the invisible “metadata”—especially the DOI (digital object identifier)--is imbedded in the PDF. Whenever an imported PDF generates a strange citation, then this metadata is probably absent. This can happen with PDFs retrieved from smaller publishers, and will definitely happen when importing PDFs of scanned print articles.
In the example below, the first two records where article titles are enclosed in <brackets> were generated from PDFs scanned from a print journal. The user had given the PDFs a meaningful filename, and put them in the EndNote Watched folder in order to import them directly into EndNote. EndNote imported the filename of each PDF into the Title field.
Tip: Therefore, when you suspect that a PDF is likely to generate faulty metadata, you have two choices: