Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015     Views: 155

There's no automated way to do this, since that would require a system to recognize all the parts of each citation, based on the citation format you are using, and unusual citations (like a government report, business analysis report, or other non-standard source). But you can get most of your citations into EndNote without manually retyping them there.

We'll use the Summon database and leverage its large size. Most of your citations should exist in Summon, particularly if you click the "Include results from outside your library's collection" facet, which will show results even if we don't have local access (for instance, items you got through interlibrary loan).

Simply copy the title of the article, book, book chapter, conference paper, or whatever source you've used, and search that in Summon. If your citation is in Summon, it should be the first result listed. (Too many similar results? Try putting quotes around your searched title.) If your citation is listed, click the folder icon to the right of the result to add that result to your list. Then repeat the search with your next citation.

Keep searching. Remember that the marked list you are creating is not permanent. If you go away from Summon for an extended period, your list will disappear and you'll have to start over.

Once you've found whatever citations are in Summon, looked for your saved list at the bottom of the screen. Here you can export your list in the EndNote format. Once that list is saved as a file on your computer, you can import all those citations into EndNote (that import may happen automatically).

For any citations not found in Summon, you could try a similar search in a subject-specific database, particularly if that databases is not already included in Summon. Mark any citations you find and export your list as above.

Finally, any leftover citations that cannot be found through a database will need to be manually entered in EndNote. Use the References menu to add a new reference, pick the type of source you have, then copy and paste the parts of your citation into the corresponding fields.

Once you have all your citations in an EndNote library, you can use the Cite While You Write feature to insert inline references, footnotes, or other in-paper citations your citation style requires, and your bibliography will build automatically at the end of your document.

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