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RefWorks and Other Citation Management Tools

Citation Management Program Help Guides & Tutorials

Getting Started with EndNote

About EndNote:  EndNote is a bibliographic management software program installed on your computer. It allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

EndNote can be purchased at a discount through the UIC Webstore by UIC faculty, staff, and students.  

EndNote Quick Start Notes

There are 3 ways to import references into your EndNote account.

  • Auto Export (some UIC databases allow an autoexport)
  • Save and Import as a text file (some UIC databases require you save your reference to a file before you import it into EndNote)
  • Manually - manually type the reference details

The EndNote search will not work with UIC’s subscription databases. [Only PubMed, a freely available resource, is accessible through EndNote.]

If you need further assistance with importing/ exporting citations into EndNote, please contact Ask a Librarian. The UIC Library can help with basic importing/ exporting questions, but we are not able to assist with technical issues you may have with EndNote. 

For technical issues, please contact EndNote's Technical Support

Take a look at EndNote's Getting Started Guides for PC and Macs.


How to Get Full Text Articles Through EndNote

EndNote Finding Full Text Feature Isn't Working with Science Direct journals.  This issue has been reported to EndNote.

It is possible to configure EndNote (X3-X8) to link to full-text available through UIC.   

  1. Go to Edit and select Preferences.  Click on the Find Full-text link.  Click on Open URL and enter

To check if an item is available full-text at UIC,  do the following in EndNote: 

  1. Click to highlight the imported reference you want to check for full-text access. 
  2. Next click on Reference at the top of EndNote, slide down to URL - and click on open URL Link.  This will bring up a webpage linking to the full-text, if available.

EndNote Basic

EndNote Basic is a freely available version of EndNote.  Endnote Basic lets you manage citations and quickly build bibliographies on any computer.

It is a browser-based software with no installation required, freely available to UIC users through the Library's Web of Knowledge subscription.  

Take a look at this website to compare EndNote Basic with the desktop version of EndNote.