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CHEM 500 - Research Methods

Research tips & Resources for Chemistry Graduate Students

What is Endnote Web and Why Should I Use It?

EndNote Web is citation management software that allows you to maintain a "personal library" of references and citations. It can also import citation information from the Library's Catalog, online indexes and databases, and Google Scholar. If you use Microsoft Word, you can insert citations from your personal EndNote library directly into your documents and create bibliographies from those citations.

Once you register, set up EndNote Web, and become familiar with how it works, it can save you a lot of time and headache citing resources when you're writing, and creating a bibliography of sources or references in you papers.

Register to Use EndNote Web

Before you can use Endnote Web, you need to Register

  1. Get it at EndNote Web (
  2. Look for the “Sign up” link
  3. Follow the instructions to create your free account
  4. Use any email address you like, it needn’t be your Boise State email address

Or use this step by step guide, Citation Managers and Registering for EndNote Basic, which shows you how to get registered from within the Web of Science database.

Getting Started with EndNote Web

A few resources to get you started with EndNote Web

  1. Read EndNote Basic: a Brief Overview first to get you started
  2. Then you may want to watch the EndNote Basic video tutorial created by Albertsons Library, and 
  3. Make Sure you download the Cite While You Write (CWYW) Plug In so you can insert references, and format citations and bibliographies automatically while you write your papers in MS Word

Cite While You Write (CWYW)

Cite While You Write is an add-in for Microsoft Word. It is available for Windows and Mac and can be downloaded in EndNote Web under the Download tab. You will first need to make an Endnote Web account and login to access the Download tab.

Once you install the Cite While You Write plug-in, it will appear when you open Microsoft Word.  

Using Cite While you Write, you can instantly insert references and format citations and bibliographies while you write your papers in Word. 

To Access Cite While You Write in Endnote Web :

  1. Log on to EndNote Web
  2. In your Word document, put your cursor where you want the the citation to be
  3. Click the Endnote Web tab on the toolbar. If the toolbar is not there, make sure you have first installed the  “Cite While You Write” add-on from EndNote Web.
  4. Type a word to search your EndNote Web references.
  5. Choose the desired citation(s) and click on the Insert button.



Class Not Registered Error (Windows 10)

Windows 10 users may encounter the "class not registered" error when working with the Cite While You Write MS Word plugin. This is most likely to happen when the plugin is newly installed in Word.  The fix is as follows:

  1. Open MS Word

  2. Click on "EndNote" to open the CWYW toolbar. At this point the error message will occur - go ahead and close it.

  3. Choose "Preferences" from the CWYW toolbar, then "Application".

  4. Change the application to "EndNote Online" (this may be a radio button choice or a drop-down menu)

  5. Type in your BSU email address & your EndNote online password

  6. Click OK

Your copy of Word should now be correctly mapped to your EndNote Basic account.  You may need to close Word and reopen it for the change to be active.

Importing references from Google Scholar

You can save references directly from your browser into EndNote Basic through the Capture Reference bookmarklet. The Downloads tab in the EndNote Basic page gives full details.

Capture Reference

The Capture Reference bookmarklet scans the bibliographic information presented on a Web page and create a reference that you can save to a new or existing group. If no group is specified, the reference is saved to Unfiled.

For the Capture buttons to work best, you must be in a Capture compatible resource and at the individual item level (not in a list of citations). List of Capture Compatible Sources

For use in Google Scholar:

  • Go to Settings in Google Scholar
  • In the Search Results tab, scroll down to Bibliography Manager and select "Show links to import citations into."
  • Select Endnote from the drop-down menu.

Importing References from SciFinder

To import references from SciFinder, start from your SciFinder search results page

Step 1 - Select the records you want by clicking the check boxes next to each record or click the box at the top of your results list to select all of the records


Step 2 - Click the Download button in the top navigation bar toward the right side

Right side of SciFinder top navigation bar with download button circled


Step 3 - In the Download Reference Results box, use the drop down arrow to Change File Type to “Citation (.ris)"

Download Reference Results menu with Citation (.ris) style circled

In the upper right of this same menu, select whether you want to download "All Results" in your search just the "Selected Results" - i.e. the individual record boxes you checked - or a Range of records you designate

At the bottom of the menu decide what parts of each record you want to download with the citation, including: The search aka "task history", abstract, concepts, substances, analytical methods, formulations, and citations from the articles' references

Once all of your decisions are made, click the "Download" button.


Step 4 - Login to EndNote Web

Step 5 - Click the "Collect" tab in the top navigation bar, then the "Import References" option

EndNote navigation bar with Collect and Import References options circled

Step 6 - In the Import References menu, choose the file you want to upload, then scroll through the Import Options and Select “RefMan RIS”

Import Options shown with Refman RIS circled

Step 7 - If you want the references grouped together under a particular topic, use the dropdown arrow next to "To:" to Select the Group or folder where you want the references to go. You can create a new group as well.

Import References with location drop down menu showing

Step 7 - When your ready, Click the Import button

When the importing of your records is complete, you will see a note in red that your "references were imported" into the group or file you designated.

Example of References were imported message

Step 8 - Go to the “My References” tab in the top navigation bar to find the references you imported. If you designed the reference to go into a particular group, you will need to look under MyGroups to find the folder or group you designated

Importing Citations from Web of Science