EndNote Basic is a citation software tool that allows you to save and organize citations needed for your research. You can also create a bibliography that can easily be inserted into a paper, presentation, webpage, etc. EndNote Basic provides hundreds of citation styles to choose from, including the frequently-used APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.
Before you begin, you'll need to create a free account with EndNote Basic.
Exporting Records from Library Databases to EndNote Basic
The following short videos demonstrate the process of exporting references to EndNote from a variety of online library databases:
- EBSCO (20 seconds)
- JSTOR (20 seconds)
- ProQuest (23 seconds)
- Science Direct (20 seconds)
- Web of Science (20 seconds)
- WorldCat (23 seconds)
You can also create citations from scratch in EndNote Basic by choosing the Collect - New Reference tab. Select the "Reference Type" (i.e. book, newspaper article, DVD, web page, etc.) and fill in the required fields.
Using EndNote Basic to Create a Bibliography
When you are ready to insert the bibliography into your research paper, follow the steps outlined below.
Step One: Log into EndNote Basic.
Step Two: Click on the "My References" tab and scan through to make sure all needed references are listed. If any are missing, either export the bibliographic record from a library database or create a citation from scratch (instructions above).
Step Three: Click on the "Format" tab and select "Bibliography".
Step Four: Select the references you want included in your bibliography, the citation style, and the file format. In the example below, I chose to include all of the references in my library, the APA citation style, and the RTF file format (so I can easily insert this into a Microsoft Word document).
Step Five: Click Save. A pop-up box will appear that allows you to open the document in Microsoft Word or other word-processing software.
Step Six: Verify that all the citations have been formatted correctly and make any needed adjustments.
Note: If you use Microsoft Word as your primary word-processing software, you may consider installing the "Cite While You Write Plug-In" from EndNote Basic. This will install an additional toolbar directly into Microsoft Word so you can quickly access all of your citations.
If you need more advanced help using EndNote Basic, check out their help menu.