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EndNote: EndNote with PDFs

Guide to EndNote citation software.

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EndNote Software

Michigan Tech licenses EndNote at no charge to all active students, faculty and staff.

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System Requirements (Windows & Mac)

Importing PDFs Manually

EndNote makes it simple to import PDFs directly into your collection. In many cases, EndNote will automatically fill in the essential components of the citation. Use the following steps to import PDFs into your EndNote Library:

Importing a single PDF

  • From EndNote click on FileImportFile....
  • Navigate to the PDF
  • Set Import option to PDF
  • Click on Import

Importing Multiple PDFs

  • From EndNote click on FileImportFolder....
  • Navigate to the folder
  • Set Import option to PDF
  • Click on Import

Finding full text

EndNote may be able to find the full text of references included in your EndNote libraries. Make sure that you have adjusted your OpenURL preferences before using this feature.

  • Right click on the reference in your library.
  • Select Find Full text.
  • If you are prompted, sign in with your Michigan Tech username and ISO password.
  • EndNote will search for the PDF and add it to your reference if it is available.

Working with PDFs in EndNote

EndNote includes a built-in PDF tool that allows you to highlight and annotate PDFs in your EndNote library.

  • Select the reference that you would like to view or annotate.
  • Click the tab with the PDF icon on the top-right side of the screen.
  • Annotate!