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Manage your Citations with EndNote Online

Morris Library’s subscription to Web of Knowledge now includes access to EndNote Web, an online citation management tool.

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What does EndNote Web do?

EndNote Web takes the citation information that you provide and automatically formats your bibliography in the appropriate style, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, or ACS.

If you use it EndNote Web to format your citations in one style and later discover that you need to use a different style, changing the format is quicker and easier than reformatting by hand.

You can also use EndNote Web as a place to store your notes about books and articles.

One nice feature for folks who work on one computer at home and a different computer at school is that the information is available on the Web, so you don’t have to worry about which computer stores that information.

Does it do anything else?

EndNote Web allows you to organize your citations into different groups.  You can create different groups for each research or class project you are working on.  The tool also allows you to search for any citation you saved in your EndNote Web groups.

EndNote Web has a Cite While You Write™ plug-in for Microsoft Word to bring your citations into your document as you are writing. It also can pull citations into rich text format (.rtf) documents. These features format both the bibliography and the in-text citations or the in-text footnote numbering. These features can be found under the “Format” tab of EndNote Web.

EndNote Web lets you import citations from library databases or from citation management software, saving you the effort of copying the information into EndNote Web by hand. It usually can be done by exporting the information from the database to a file and then importing it into EndNote Web with the appropriate Import Filters. This feature is available under "Collect" tab's "Import References" link. Citations can be moved directly from Web of Knowledge into EndNote Web without export files or an import filter.

EndNote Web displays the library's Find It Morris button to link to Morris Library's electronic copy of a journal article, when available.

What doesn’t it do?

No citation management tool can guarantee perfect citations. If a name is misspelled or a date is entered in the wrong place in EndNote Web, these errors will show up in your bibliography. If you import information from a database that doesn't have all of the citation information, the information will be missing in your bibliography. It’s still up to you to proofread your citations for errors and correct them.

Because EndNote Web is associated with Morris Library’s subscription and is stored by ISI, access to the information you store there could disappear if you leave SIUC or if Morris Library’s subscriptions change. If you will need the information that you keep EndNote Web for the long term, it is a good idea to periodically export your EndNote Web to a file you keep on your own computer, so you have a backup.

The "Online Search" feature under the "Collect" tab of EndNote Web works for free databases, but it does not work with Morris Library's subscription databases.

Even though the name is similar, EndNote Web doesn’t have all of the features of the software EndNote.

How do I start using EndNote Web?

  • To get to EndNote Web, go to Web of Knowledge.  From the library’s home page, click on Databases by Title, then on W, and then on Web of Knowledge.
  • Once you are in Web of Knowledge, click the “My EndNote Web” link.  If you already have a Web of Knowledge account, you can use the password you have for that account; if not, you will need to register.
  • After you log in, you can start using EndNote Web. After you have registered, EndNote Web also is available at (login through Web of Knowledge at least once per year is required).
  • To enter the citation information by hand, just click on the "Collect" tab and on "New Reference" and then type in and save the information for each source. Citations also can be exported directly from many library databases into EndNote Web.

Data Entry in EndNote Web


  • The format tab can automatically create a bibliography of all of the citations in a group. If the items aren't already grouped, click on the “My References” tab to view you references, select the references to include, and click on the "Copy to Quick List" button to put them together.

Selecting References in EndNote Web

  • Use the “Format” tab to select the group of references to use, the citation style you need, and the output type you want. EndNote Web will do the formatting. If you install the Cite While You Write plugin for Word, you can do this from within your word processor and have EndNote Web number or format both the in-text citations and the bibliography.

Selecting the citation format


What if need help with EndNote Web?

How can I find out how to do more with it?

Instructions on how to use the features of EndNote Web are included under EndNote Web’s “Help” link.

You can also get assistance by contacting Morris Library Information Desk at 453-2818.


Featured Resource description provided by Julie Arendt.

Updated October 2012


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