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EndNote for Windows

Guide to setting up EndNote for Windows

Insert a Citation

 

It is easy to add citations from EndNote into Word. You can do this two main ways: through Endnote controls or through Word controls. 

Inserting a Citation from EndNote

  1. In your Word document, place your cursor where you would like your in-text citation to appear. (This will be in the text of your document, not at the end of your document.)

  1. Go back to EndNote.

  1. In EndNote, click on the reference you want to insert, and click the “insert citation” button. (You can also use alt+2.)

  1. Your citation will be inserted (following the rules of the citation style you have selected). At the end, EndNote will start a bibliography. You can use a Word page break to push the EndNote Bibliography to the start of the next page. Learn more here about changing the citation style.

Inserting a Citation from Word

  1. In your Word document, place your cursor where you would like our in-text citation to appear. (This will be in the text of your document, not at the end of your document.)

  1. Click the “Insert Citation” button in Word and choose “find citation.”

  1. Use the search box on the top to search your EndNote library. Please note, that you must hit enter or return on your keyboard or click the “find” button for your search results to display.

  1. Select the reference you wish to insert. To add it normally to your paper, press the “insert” button. Otherwise, you can use the pull-down menu for other options. (For example, if you only wish for a citation to appear at the end of your paper in the bibliography, choose the “insert in bibliography only” option. If you used the authors name in your text, you can choose to “insert & exclude author.”)

     

Inserting a Citation (Other Methods)

You can also use copy and paste (Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V) references from EndNote into Word, and you can also drag a reference in your EndNote Library into Word. These will insert citations the same way, although you might have to wait a few seconds for the proper formatting to take effect. 

EndNote Tip: Where exactly should you insert the citation? Know a little bit about your output style you'll likely be using. Will you using an Author-Date style where you need to insert your citation before the period [e.g., ...studies (McKenzie, 2015).]? Here, the pattern is: text space insert citation period. Or are you using a superscript style where you need to insert your citation after the period [e.g., ...studies.1]? Here, the pattern is: text period insert citation.