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EndNote 21 for Windows

EndNote is bibliographic management software that allows users to manage citations in personal libraries and create bibliographies in a number of available journal or writing styles. This guide will help you perform basic tasks using EndNote 21 for Window

Exporting Search Results from EBSCO Databases

This is the recommended way to put citations into your EndNote library. This method allows you to take advantage of the search features of the database you are using and will usually result in more precise search results. Before importing/exporting results, be sure you have the latest EndNote import filters for the databases you are searching installed on your computer.


  • Run your search in PsycINFO, CINAHL with Full Text, or any other EBSCO database.
  • Click "Add to Folder" for each reference you want to export to EndNote.

Ebsco Screenshot of folder


  • Click "Folder" within the banner at the top of the page.
  • Select all references in your folder and click the export button.

Ebsco screenshot of the folder button

  • Follow the instructions on the resulting page to export the references to EndNote.


EBSCO: Importing Your References After Saving Search Results

  • Depending on your browser, the next steps will vary. You may be prompted within your browser to open the file, or you may have to go to your downloads folder to open it.
  • If EndNote is not open, you will be asked to choose a library. 
  • The citations will import into EndNote.

 If you receive an error message or no citations import, try the following method:

  • Open the desired Endnote library
  • In the main menu, select File > Import
  • Locate the .ris file you saved from PubMed.
  • Click Options in the lower left corner.
  • In the Import Options drop-down menu, select Reference Manager (RIS). If this import filer is not listed, click Other Filters, select the desired filter in the pop-up window, and click Choose.
  • Choose what you prefer to do with duplicates: 
    • Import All
    • Discard Duplicates, or
    • Import Into Duplicates Library
  • Click on the Import button.
  • To view the most recent batch of imported references in your Endnote library, click on Imported References in the left pane.