Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video What is EndNote, who uses it, and how?, part of EndNote Essential Training.
[Instructor] - Well, just before we begin using EndNote, many of you may be wondering what EndNote is exactly. Who uses it and how? That's what we're going to explore in this movie. Now if you're an experienced EndNote user, this will be a review and you may even want to skip this movie, but for those new to EndNote, this movie will give you a good foundation on which to build your newfound EndNote education. So, what is EndNote? Well, it's a software program designed to help you with searching reference materials, storing and managing those references, and then using those references as you cite them in the reports, the essays, manuscripts, and other documents you may need to write.
To help explain EndNote and how it works, let's use a common scenario. You're doing research and writing a report on that research, let's say using Microsoft Word. As you gather information from a variety of sources, such as books, published articles and web sources, you need to reference those sources in your report. That's where EndNote can help. EndNote helps with the gathering of references, and the storage and organization of those references, so when you go to write, the task of referencing your sources becomes so much simpler.
Directly from within Microsoft Word, and other word processing programs like Pages on a Mac computer, you grab the references you need from your EndNote library and choose how it should be formatted. It's inserted where it needs to be, and it looks the way you need it to look, saving you a great deal of time and effort. So, who uses a program like EndNote? Well, the easiest answer to that is anyone who writes, anyone who writes the type of documents that make reference to other sources like books, articles, and online publications.
These can very often be researchers who need to gather information from a variety of sources to back up their data. It could be medical personnel who publish articles to the healthcare industry and make reference to other sources in their publications. Students writing essays and reports are almost always required to cite references to the sources they use in the creation of their work, and show those references as footnotes or endnotes in a bibliography. And there are so many more scenarios where people need to reference other materials when writing their own works.
So, how is EndNote going to be used by you as one of these writers? Well, the first thing you'll want to do is create a container for the references you gather, and that's called a library. Next, you'll start adding references to your library, which can be done by manually typing them in. It's not ideal, but there will be times when you'll need to add references, typing them in yourself, just as you would have done in your document without EndNote. But by adding them to the library, you'll have them again and again next time you need them, and you'll never have to type them out manually again.
Even better, though, is to let EndNote do the work for you. While writing your document, you can use EndNote to search online databases and sources to find and add the references to the article to your library. You'll have it for the document you're working on, and it will be there any time you need it in the future. As you write in your word processor, such as Microsoft Word, you can cite references without leaving the program. This is called cite as you write, because you'll find access to EndNote commands right from within your word processor.
And to top it all off, you can choose from a wide variety of formatting for your references, like APA, MLA, Oxford, Harvard, and so on. Just choose one and all your in text citations, footnotes and bibliographies will be formatted for you. So that's a quick overview of what EndNote is, who uses it, and how.
- Touring the EndNote user interface
- Adding new references manually
- Finding and storing references
- Searching with keywords and operators
- Storing data
- Setting up custom groups and group sets
- Annotating a PDF
- Creating and editing citations
- Sharing your research
- Accessing a shared library and references