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EndNote Citation Management

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1. What is EndNote and how do I get it?

EndNote software allows users to import references from online databases, organize references, and create bibliographies.  Product information, manuals, and support can be found on the EndNote website.

If you are faculty or staff and would like to obtain EndNote, please contact your department administrator. If you are a student, you can purchase a student version directly from for about $115. 


2. How do I get started with EndNote?

For information about getting started with EndNote, please see the following:


3. What is an EndNote library?

An EndNote library is a collection of references. You can create multiple libraries, which may contain references for different papers or subjects.


4. What are connection files? How do I get them?

EndNote Connection files contain all the information necessary for EndNote to open, search, and import references from a bibliographic database. Boston College Libraries currently has a connection file to access the Boston College Libraries Catalog, as well as a few of our more heavily used online databases. If there is not connection file available for the database you want to search, or if you want to get the full usability for a database, please search the database directly and export or download/import the results to EndNote.

Download Instructions: The Boston College Libraries connection files are restricted to faculty, staff and students of Boston College. You will be prompted to enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD prior to downloading the file.

Windows: Save the connection file to the EndNote Connections folder on your computer. When you click on the file link below, you will be asked for your BC username and password. Next a Save dialog box will open asking where you wish to save the Connection file. Navigate to C:\Program Files\EndNote\Connections and save.

Macintosh: Save the connection file to the EndNote Connections folder on your computer. When you click on the file link below, you will be asked for your BC username and password. Next a Save dialog box will open asking where you wish to save the Connection file. Navigate to /Applications/EndNote/Connections and save.


Available Connection Files (BC sign-in required):

Connection Files
Art Full Text
Book Review Digest
Education Research Complete
Social Work Abstracts
Sport Discus
Holmes (BC catalog)
Boston College.enz (no sign-in required)


5. What are import filters? How do I get them?


Import filters are the files used by EndNote to import information that has been downloaded from database or library catalog into your EndNote library. There are over 200 filters included with the EndNote program, each designed to read a specific tagged format from a specific information provider. To see a complete list of available filters, choose Import Filters from EndNote Program's the File menu, and select Open Filter Manager. The basic process for using filters is to first do a search in the database, then save your results as a text file (.txt). Then open your EndNote library or create a new library and go to File > Import. You are then prompted to choose:

1. The file that you have already downloaded from the database.

2. The filter or other import option.

ยป EndNote import filters available for downloading.

If you need assistance in downloading/installing the Boston College Libraries EndNote connection or filter file please contact your Technology Consultant (Faculty/Staff) or the Help Desk (students). The Boston College Libraries do not support, sell or provide the EndNote software, just the connection files.



6. How do I import information into EndNote from RefWorks?

Login to RefWorks. Click the Export button and select either All References or a specific Folder. Under Export Format select Bibliographic Software (for EndNote, Reference Manager, or ProCite.) This format is sometimes called the RIS Format or Reference Manager Format.

Click the Export to Text File button. The text file will appear on your screen. Save this file to your computer before closing and remember where you saved it and what you named it.

Open your EndNote Library. Select Import. Click on Choose File button and select your saved RefWorks file. Choose the RIS as the Import Option. Click on Import.


7. How do I export information from EndNote into RefWorks?

To export records from EndNote you must select the correct Output Style for the export. Under the File Menu select Output Styles. Open the Style Manager and check the RefMan (RIS) Export format. Close the Style Manager and once again go to the File Menu, select Output Styles and select the RefMan format.

Next, select the references you want to export and go to the Reference Menu and select Show Selected (or Show All if you wish to export the entire database). From the File Menu select Export and a dialog will appear for you to select the location where you want to save the file. Type in a file name and select a location you will remember for importing into RefWorks. Use Text as your Save As type and click on Save.

Go into RefWorks and click on Import. Select Desktop Biblio. Mgt. Software as your Import Filter and EndNote as your Database. Browse for and select the file you just created from EndNote. Click on Import. During the import process, an asterisk (*) is added to the import progress page for each imported record. RefWorks will notify you when the import is complete. View the Imported References.