Answered By: Kealin McCabe
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2019     Views: 636

There are two different processes for importing text (.ris) files into EndNote. It all depends on whether you are using:

  1. EndNote Web
  2. EndNote Desktop

EndNote Web:

Begin by opening EndNote Web through the library homepage and logging into your account. Once you have logged in click "COLLECT" on the menu bar and then click on the "IMPORT REFERENCES" link.

Select the file you wish to import and then select the filter through the "IMPORT OPTION". This means selecting the database the record was retrieved from. Then click import. The example below shows that I have imported the an ".ris" file that was retrieved from a ProQuest database.

Once you click "IMPORT" the file will be imported into the folder you selected. In the instance above, I chose "UNFILED".

On the following screen, you will receive confirmation that the file has been imported.

Click on the file name to view the new citation.

EndNote Desktop

Go into your finder window and locate and highlight the file.

Instead of opening the files, click "FILE"-- and then "OPEN WITH" and then select "ENDNOTE" as the application.


Doing this will ensure that the file is imported directly to EndNote.



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