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Importing literature from specialist databases

Option 1: Direct import

Select the desired references in the specialist database and click on "Save", "Export" or "Send to". EndNote will then start automatically and the references will be imported. This option is offered by numerous database providers.

Option 2: Import text files

Save the desired references in a text file in the specialist database. The table below provides instructions for the relevant databases. 

Database and filter name Procedure
Biosis Previews (OvidSP)[no license for current versions]


Medline (OvidSP)

Philosopher's Index (OvidSP)

Zoological Record (Ovid SP) [no license for current versions]
  • Select desired hits.
  • Select "Export".
  • Select "Export to "EndNote"" from the pull-down menu.
  • Select Fields to Display: choose "Complete Reference"
  • Click the "Export Citations" button. Save file.
Bus Source Prem (EBSCO)

EconLit (EBSCO)



  • Select "Add to folder"
  • Move to "Folder"
  • When exporting, select
    • the "Generic bibliographic management software" option under "Save citations to a file formatted for", confirm with "Save" and save the results as a txt file.
    • or
    • the "Direct Export to EndNote ..." option under "Save citations to a file formatted for" and confirm with "Save". In the following window, do not save the results as a file. Instead, open them directly in EndNote.
ERIC: select the ‘Pubmed (NLM)’ import option during import.
  • Select hits with "Export".
  • Save with "Create File".


Select ProQuest filter.
  • Select hits.
  • Select the "Export/Save" button.
  • Select "EndNote, Citavi or Reference Manager".
  • Select "Continue" and save the file.
Catalogue of the University Library Würzburg: download filter here: Catalogue UB Wuerzburg
  • Transfer the desired hits to the list.
  • Open "my list" and change the display to full format.
  • Select all titles from the list, click "Save", select the EndNote format and save the list.

Attention: To ensure that umlauts are copied over correctly, select the "Unicode (UTF-8)" subitem in the "Text translation" option when importing to EndNote. The filter will import some data (multi-volume works, title additions) with minor errors. More information about editing in EndNote can be found under "Edit Filter – About this Filter".
PubMed (NLM)
  • Select records.
  • Select the "File" option in the "Send to" pull-down menu.
  • Then select the "MEDLINE" option in the "Format" pull-down menu and save with "Create File".
SciFinder Scholar: select the ‘Reference Manager (RIS)’ import option when importing.
  • Select records.
  • Click on the "Export" link, select "Citation export format (*.ris)" in the Citation Manager and confirm with the "Export" button.
Web of Science Core Collection (TR): for Science Citation Index
  • Select records and choose "Save to EndNote desktop" from the pull-down menu.
  • Click the "Send" button and save the file.
Zentralblatt MATH
  • Select the desired hits.
  • Change the format to ASCII and the option next to it to "Complete".
  • Then save the displayed data as a txt file.

This method offers fewer search options than when searching directly in the specialist database. The connection to the specialist database is established via connection files.

  • Option 1: In EndNote, go to "Tools – Online Search" and select the connection file for the desired database with the appropriate provider (see table below for providers). If you are logged into the university network (directly or via VPN), all you need to do is confirm with "OK" (without entering a user ID or password) for databases licensed by us.
  • Option 2: Use the connection files from the table below. A user ID and password are already included. While logged into the university network, download the connection file for the relevant database from the table. Save it on your computer in the respective EndNote directory (e.g. C:\Programs\EndnoteX7\Connections\)

Attention: The table containing the relevant connection files will only be displayed within the university"s computer network.

Database Connection File (provider)
Business Source Premier Bus Source Prem (EBSCO) UBW
EconLit EconLit (EBSCO) UBW
GeoBase GeoBase (OvidSP) UBW
GeoRef GeoRef (PQ) UBW
Catalogue UB Wuerzburg Catalogue UB Wuerzburg

Attention: Some data (multi-volume works, umlauts, special characters, etc.) will be imported with minor errors via the connection file. More information about editing in EndNote can be found under "Edit Connection File – About this Connection File".
Katalog Bibliotheksverbund Bayern Katalog Bibliotheksverbund Bayern
Medline Medline (OvidSP) UBW
PubMed PubMed (NLM)_UBW
Web of Science / SCI und SSCI Web of Science (TS) UBW

  • First select "Edit – Preferences – Find Full Text" from the menu, then enter the link: http://sfx.bib-bvb.de/sfx_ubw in "OpenURL Path" and confirm with "OK".
  • Then select the desired reference in your EndNote library. Select the "Find Full Text" option from the "References" menu and confirm the copyright message. Go to "Find Full Text" in the left column to check whether EndNote has found a full text. This full text will be linked directly to the reference in the "File Attachments" field in EndNote. Alternatively, you can select "File Attachments" to manually attach full texts.
  • If you could not find full texts for a reference using the "Find Full Text" option, you can go to "References – URL – Open URL Link" to display the SFX menu for the reference and search for print versions or initiate an interlibrary loan..
  • To use this option to download full texts subject to licensing for which the University of Würzburg has a license, you must be logged into the university network. In all cases, please observe the relevant Terms of Use and Copyright Provisions.