EndNote allows direct connections to several databases using connection files that are included in your EndNote software package. To access NU-restricted resources (for example, Ovid databases and Web of Science) through EndNote, you will need to be on the Northwestern University network or connected via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you are not connected, you can still use the Import method described in the next section.
Databases like PubMed or the NU library catalog should be ready to go, and access is not restricted.
Please Note: If you want to search MEDLINE, select PubMed. This option allows you to search the database regardless of your location.
The EndNote search interface is very basic and does not support advanced searching options such as the ability to explode or focus in MEDLINE. The searching via EndNote method is good for retrieving "known items", i.e. articles you know already exist or all articles by a particular author. It is not as useful for subject searching (for this see Importing from PubMed or X Database).
Select the correct database in the Online Search Mode box on the left side of the EndNote library window
Once references are retrieved, a screen appears listing search results. Select the number of results you wish to retrieve. Click the Plus sign, just below the search button, to add the selected citations to your local library.
The following video demonstrates how to search PubMed using the EndNote interface. Video does not have sound.