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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


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".

PsycINFO (Proquest):

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 "Citation Manager" option in the "Send to" pull-down menu.
  • Then save with "Create File".

SciFinder-N: select the ‘Reference Manager (RIS)’ import option when importing.

  • Select records.
  • Click on the "Download Results" button, select "Citation (*.ris)" in the File Type and confirm with the "Download" button.

Web of Science Core Collection (TR): for Science Citation Index

  • Select records and choose "EndNote desktop" for Export.
  • Click the "Export" button and save the file.

GEOBASE (Engineering Village)

GeoRef (Engineering Village)

  • Select records.
  • Select the button „Download this record“.
  • Select the format “EndNote” and save with “Download records”.

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.

  • Licensed databases: In EndNote, go to "Tools – Online Search" and select the connection file for the desired database with the appropriate provider. You’ll find the name of the connection files in the table below. If these files are not available in your EndNote installation you can download them on the homepage of EndNote. 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.
  • Catalogue UB Wuerzburg: Use the connection file from the table below. A user ID and password are already included. Download the connection file And save it on your computer in the respective EndNote directory (e.g. C:\Programs\Endnote21\Connections\)


Connection File (provider)

Business Source Premier

Bus Source Prem (EBSCO)


EconLit (EBSCO)


GeoBase (OvidSP)


GeoRef (PQ)

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



Medline (OvidSP)






PubMed (NLM)

SocINDEX with Full Text


Web of Science / SCI und SSCI

Web of Science (TS)

  • First select "Edit – Preferences – Find Full Text" from the menu, then enter the link: 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.