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...RefWorks is 4th
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See also Cloud computing | Mendeley | Quosa | RefWorks | Zotero | Zotero vs. Mendeley

EndNote™ online, formerly EndNote Web, is a free version of EndNote made available to institutions that subscribe to Thomson Reuter's scientific databases. EndNote works in a similar way to RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero but there are differences. First there are different ways to add citations to Endnote: manually, exporting, importing, and connecting from within EndNote (e.g., PubMed and Web of Science). Academic librarians who promote and provide technical support for citation management programs should be aware of the strengths and potential problems that users will face in using EndNote Web. Until recently, PubMed references had to be saved as text files and then imported into EndNote. Now, automatic exporting of PubMed citations is possible using Internet Explorer (IE) or Mozilla Firefox. Endnote Web includes features such as the ability to sort references by times cited, by date added to the library, and by date modified. You can transfer up to 10,000 references between the web and EndNote on the desktop.

Endnote Web X8 is capable of exporting citations in plain text, Rich Text Format, HTML or XML. The current version has networking capabilities, and files can be stored in the cloud on a central server. Endnote X8 does not have multi-user capabilities for editing single bibliographic files. Endnote X8 for Windows is available as of 2017.

What is EndNote?

  • Endnote Web X8 is a web and "cloud"-based program that allows you to import, export, store, edit, and manage your citations
  • Citations from many databases can be imported using your online account directly or via saved text files
  • Works with Microsoft Word (use free Cite While You Write plug-in); create in-text citations and bibliographies in many citation styles
  • Allows online sharing of EndNote Web folders of citations with others for collaborative projects

Pros & cons

  • EndNote is heavily used in the sciences, and stores up to 10,000 citations; EndNote is compatible with Windows and Macintosh computers and is arguably as powerful as RefWorks
  • According to Henseley (2011), "...EndNote allows the user to save search strategies, going a long way in assisting researchers with keeping a research log..."
  • A good citation management tool should make it easy to import citations into a centrally-located, web-accessible space. It should make it easy to read and record the data elements (e.g., metadata) for the citation such as author name, year of publication, title of article and so on. The tool should provide ways to help you find and retrieve citations on the fly, and it should produce a good bibliography in a format prescribed by users.
  • Most academics find that EndNote does what they need: to organize references into a personal database or library.
  • Cite While You Write helps scholars make correct in-text citations and will generate a reference list / bibliography at the end of a paper
  • graduate students and researchers find that EndNote Web is a perfect companion to EndNote Desktop; with the former, you have the freedom to do research away from your desktop and store references in folders (or libraries). Folders can be moved back and forth between the two products and other bibliographic management systems.
  • EndNote Web and the Web of Knowledge (including Web of Science) are designed to work together
  • However, users of EndNote Web should be aware that folders are stored on an American server


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