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EndNote Connection Files

EndNote Info | Import Filters | Connection Files | FAQ | EndNote Product Site

The Connect feature allows you to search an online database using EndNote's search interface.

WU Library Catalog Download Windows File from EndNote Site **
Download Mac File from EndNote Site
FirstSearch (all or most databases) Use EndNote built-in connection files, or Direct Export Instructions
Web of Science (ISI) Use EndNote built-in connection files, or Direct Export or EndNote Web Instructions

** If this file doesn't work for you, a slightly different version of the Windows connection file is available by contacting the Library Webmaster. This version captures not only location and call number information, but also tables of contents, for records in the catalog that have them.

Additional connection files are available from EndNote. Note that many databases licensed by the WU Libraries do not allow direct connection. Try using an import filter instead; see Import Filters.

Instructions for Specific Databases

WU Library Catalog

To download and use the connection file see Using the Downloaded Files.

The search interface is not perfect. Use this direct connection to search for known items. Search the Catalog using its 'regular' interface to insure a complete search - and then import the records into your EndNote library.

The file works best if you do a single word keyword (any field) search. You can put one word in each box, connected by the Boolean AND, and search for several words, as long as you use "any field."

faulkner [in any field] AND fury [in any field]
will retrieve William Faulkner's book The Sound and the Fury - and any other records that have both of those words in them.

Or an exact author or title search:

melville, herman [in author]
tale of two cities [in title]
(Note that you cannot do both of the above at the same time - do one search or the other. When you specify anything other than "any field" you cannot use And, Or, or Not. If you do, it will simply turn the search into an "any field" search - and you will not retrieve only what you wanted to retrieve!)

FirstSearch Direct Export

It is now possible to connect directly to FirstSearch databases from EndNote using the built-in connection files. When asked for a userid and password, leave those fields blank, and click OK. You should be connected to FirstSearch. Note: this only works from the WU campuses, not from off-campus!

However, it still may be a better option to use the direct export option from FirstSearch to EndNote, below. This uses the much more poweful and flexible FirstSearch search interface to find your citations.

  1. Perform your search, marking records you want to keep
  2. Click Export, and choose 'Marked records from this search'
  3. Make sure EndNote is selected, and click Export
  4. Click the 'Open with EndNote' option, and choose the EndNote library to save them to.
  5. The EndNote Filters Manager will appear. Select the filter that corresponds correctly with the FirstSearch database you are using and click on the "Choose" button. The selected citations will then be imported into EndNote.

Web of Science

You can export records directly from Web of Science to EndNote:

  1. From Web of Science, mark records to keep
  2. Click Save to EndNote, RefMan, ProCite at the top of the citations
  3. Choose 'Open with Web Export Helper'
  4. EndNote will open, and you will be prompted to open an EndNote library. The records will automatically transfer to the library you open.

Mac users: If you are using Safari, you would not be able to directly export the references to EndNote. You would need to use a different browser, such as Firefox. Then you would be able to open the files with EndNote instead of saving them: http://www.endnote.com/support/faqs/Import/faq2.asp

Using the Downloaded Files

The files linked from this page are available from the EndNote website, via FTP.

  1. Click on the link for either Windows or Mac above, as appropriate.
  2. If given the option to open or save it by your web browser, choose Save, and place it in the EndNote Connections folder on your hard drive.
  3. If instead the file displays (a mostly blank screen), choose Save As on your browser's File menu, and save the file to the EndNote Connections folder on your hard drive.

The result will be an EndNote connection file - .enz (Windows) or .hqx (Mac).

Most of the information on the page was adapted from EndNote: Connection Files, created and maintained at the Yale University Library, no longer available on that site.