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EndNote Basic: Writing Papers

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Handout -- Contains everything from this guide -- How to use EndNote Basic, especially with Auburn University databases (8 pgs).

Writing papers

Writing papers in Word using EndNote Web for references

  1. Log on to EndNote Web
  2. In Word, put the cursor where you wish to insert a citation(s).
  3. Click on the Find citation(s) button on the EndNote ribbon. If the ribbon (or toolbar) is missing, make sure the “Cite While You Write” add-on from EndNote Web has been installed.
  4. Type in a single word to search your EndNote Web references. The word can be an article title, journal name, author, year, abstract, or anything in the record for the reference.
  5. Choose the desired citation(s) and click on the Insert button.


The style is not right!!! What is wrong?

On the EndNote Web ribbon in Word, choose the desired style from the pull-down menu. If the style is not listed, then go to the Format tab in EndNote Web and click on the Bibliography link. To add a style, click on the Select Favorites link. It is that easy to change from one style to another.


Editing references

For author-date styles: Editing the citation in Word

If you are using an Output Style that inserts the author and/or year into the text of the Word document (Smith, 2000), you can edit a specific citation. Place your cursor on the reference in the text. Click on Edit Citation on the toolbar and edit the citation as needed. This will only edit how that citation appears -- no other citations are affected. If the page number(s) needs to be included, then use the “Add suffix” box or the “Pages” box. Oddly enough, the “Add suffix” box is what works best in many reference styles.

In the EndNote Web record

Although Word allows one to make changes in the citations within the "gray text" of the cited references section, do not do this! If you ever reformat the "changed" Word document, any changes made within "gray text" will be undone when Word looks back at EndNote Web for details about the citation. Instead, make the changes to record for the citation in EndNote Web.