Answered By: Genevieve Gore
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2020     Views: 7214

Generally speaking, there is no perfect way of transferring a bibliography in a Word document into EndNote. 

There are a few ways that it can be done partially at least, but in many cases it would be easier to just collect the references in EndNote through another method.

Here are some options:

  • Manually enter all your data into EndNote, using copy-and-paste: This is the most labour-intensive method, and is prone to errors
  • Locate the individual references in a database like Scopus or the library catalogue, and download them to EndNote using direct export or a filter. If the database or catalogue can be searched using an EndNote connection file, this will speed up the process.
  • Use the free citation management program Zotero to extract references via CrossRef.
    1. Install the free citation management program Zotero
    2. Register for a CrossRef account
    3. Paste your bibliography into the CrossRef query box
    4. Use Zotero to extract the references from the resulting page (see Zotero tutorials here)
    5. Export the references from Zotero to EndNote (instructions)
  • Create your own tagged file and filter to import the references from the Word document into EndNote. Instructions for this are here and here.
  • If most of your citations are included in the PubMed database (for medicine), you can use the HubMed Citation Finder to locate the citations. Instructions are posted here on an EndNote user forum. It involves copying and pasting the citations into the interface, with each citation on a new line.
  • Mac users can install Ref2RIS, which will convert a bibliography (in TXT, RTF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, HTML, or webarchive) into the RIS format that EndNote can read. Some editing will be required!

Comments (1)

  1. Wizfolio is dead
    by Peter Flynn on May 21, 2020.