Did You Know? EndNote Spotlight

Today we are kicking off the first of an eight-part series: Did You Know?

Throughout the next few months, we will be blogging tips and tricks about all of our products. First up in the series is EndNote!

EndNote is full of surprises and features you may not have known about. You know EndNote is capable of storing, organizing, and sharing your data, but did you know there’s so much more it can do?

The real surprises are in the details – and here are six things you probably didn’t know EndNote X7 could do!

  1. Create independent bibliographies. Creating a CV can be tough, especially when you have a long list of published works you need to include. EndNote takes the pain out of the process and allows you to create independent bibliographies for your CV. Learn how to create independent bibliographies.
  2. Annotate PDFs. PDFs pose problems for researchers in terms of search and the ability to take notes or annotate them. EndNote gives this process a boost by allowing you to put virtual sticky notes on PDFs, making them easier to find, search and identify based on content. Watch the video and learn how to annotate PDFs.
  3. Find full text. Searching hours for a particular source is now a thing of the past! EndNote searches multiple databases and free sources – as well as your own subscriptions – to find the full text of a source by its bibliographic information. Once you’ve found it, you can import the full text into your reference library, so you can use it at your convenience. Watch the video and learn how to find full text.
  4. Export your references into Excel. Information from your EndNote library can be exported to a tab-delimited file, which can then be imported into Excel. Read the full instructions on exporting your references to Excel. Watch the video and learn how to export a tab delimited-file.
  5. Create new reference types. One of the most powerful features of EndNote is the capability to set a style and automatically have your in-text citations and bibliography change to fit that specific style.
    However, sometimes the styles that are provided do not fit your specific needs. For that reason, we provide all the tools you need to create and modify custom styles yourself. Read how to create new reference types.
  6. Create smart groups/Combination groups. You can group your sources manually, and you can also create smart groups automatically. If you’re searching for sources using EndNote, importing links and full text from a variety of places, you don’t need to sort them manually; EndNote can create smart groups and do it automatically based on the group’s search criteria! Read the full instructions on creating groups.


EndNote is full of features that will guide you through the research and citation process, and its less-known features are some of its most powerful tools! Get to know them, and be amazed by what you can do! To learn more about the myriad features in EndNote, download the Little How-To Book!

Catch up on the other posts in our Did You Know? series:
Did you Know? Spotlight on Essential Science Indicators
Did You Know? Five Things About InCites
Five Questions You Might Be Asking about ScholarOne Manuscripts
Did You Know? 5 Things About BIOSIS