EndNote: Import from a journal database

Using EndNote to manage your references and format your bibliography

Database import filters

  • Many databases now include direct export functions, whereby marked records from a search in a VU electronic database can be directly exported into EndNote. This eliminates the need to save the search results as a text file and then import the references into EndNote using an EndNote filter.
  • If direct export is not possible, you can import a saved search into your EndNote library using an Endnote filter.
  • Click on the link below to see instructions for importing from specific databases. This alphabetic list provides instructions for all the VU Library databases where it is possible to download references into EndNote. Please note some databases still require the use of a filter.
  • Most of the Library's databases are available propriety platforms, such as EbscoHost, and each propriety platform has a slightly different method when exporting references into EndNote.
  • Alphabetic List of Victoria University Library Filters.
  • Additional filters can be downloaded from the EndNote website.

Importing a text file into an Endnote library

As noted above, there will be databases that don't allow 'direct export', in these situations you need to save your 'marked' references as a plain text .txt file and then import the text file into EndNote using a filter from the filters folder (and in some cases you will need to download the appropriate filter). Data will only be successfully imported into EndNote if downloaded in the correct output format, and using the correct database filter.