Endnote is software that stores your references, and formats citations and bibligraphies in papers and grants. The bookstore has copies for ~$70 (go to Computer Store, and log in to see current prices). The software does take 30 minutes to get started with, but is well worth learning. Here are reasons why Endnote is invaluable for academics. For storing references:
- You can keep track of the references you have used in previous papers and grants.
- You can keep track of your own publications and abstracts, including the associated PowerPoint, Word and PDF files.
- You can search and download from PubMed and automatically get the PMCID (as needed for NIH grants).
- Endnote can automatically retrieve pdf files with two clicks (works for ~50% of papers).
For formatting papers and grants:
- You will never again have to worry about whether you have the correct formatting for papers - just select the style for that paper, and it's done.
- If you revise a paper for a different journal, you can change the citations and bibliography in less than a minute.
- Your NIH grants can include all the information needed (URL, PMCID).
However, there a two important setup steps you should take as you get started:
- Decide how you will organize your libraries.
- I have one library for all of my papers and grants, and one library for each of the sections in my CV: original papers, chapters and reviews, commentaries and editorials, abstracts from conference presentations, invited talks, and conference papers.
- Set up a dummy library for searchers.
Here are some files that may be of help.
|Endnote style file for NIH grants||Grant (superscript and JAP) - with URL's.ens|
|Paul Macey's 2012 tutorial|
Adding a new style
Many journals include Endnote Style files that you can import into Endnote for formatting your manuscript according ot instructions. The NIH requires citing the PMCID number, which will only happen if the style you choose specifies that option (as with the example above). If the journal style is not available already, simply download and save the style file into the Endnote "Styles Folder." The location of this folder is specified under the menus:
Edit => Preferences, to bring up the GUI below, then go to "Folder Locations" and you'll see the "Style Folder." [For SoN desktops, see note below.]
If you are working from your office computer in the School of Nursing, the "Style Folder" may not be easy to find. In that case, save the style (*.ens) file to your computer, double-click to open it in Endnote, then File => Save As, delete ethe "Copy" at the end of the name, and click "Save." The style will now be available on that computer.
Changing or Correcting the Bibliography
PMCID Numbers: Adding or Updating
Correcting APA Listing Full Name Instead of Initials (APA 6th Style in X6)
Suggestions and Questions
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