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Adding references from Databases

While Google Scholar and LibrarySearch can provide good starting places, you will need to move beyond these to comprehensively retrieve relevant literature. There are many different Library Databases on offer, and you can use subject guides to locate specific ones relevant to your research.

When you export references from Databases into your EndNote library the reference content will vary depending on the database- citation, abstract, keywords, it does not contain the article full-text. Look at the section ‘Adding full text to your EndNote library.’

Each database will vary in the options it provides to add references to your EndNote Library, look for words such as export, save, cite, send to, and RIS.

The search results screen of ProQuest lists brief citation information and alongside each citation is a number and small box. Click into the boxes of the references you wish to add to your EndNote library. Then next look for the option to add the references to your EndNote library. In this instance, it is an icon of three ellipsis dots which will show ‘all the save options.’ Select the RIS option to download and add references to your EndNote library.

Image: Screenshot from the ProQuest database showing the location of the three ellipsis dots. Used under the terms and conditions of the vendor license. 

Image: Screenshot from the ProQuest database showing the location of RIS. Used under the terms and conditions of the vendor license. 

The EndNote library guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to ‘export references from a database.’

 Best Practice Tip

Always check each exported reference to ensure that no information is incorrect or missing. 

  Activity

  1. Go to a Database of your choice 
  2. Perform a search 
  3. Then select some references to add to your EndNote library 
  4. Download and open the references to export to your EndNote library 

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