Importing into EndNote from Google Scholar
Many researchers are finding it handy to use
Google Scholar to fine references to journal citations.
This page will describe how researchers at the University of Illinois can customize Google Scholar
to facilitate exporting the citations to EndNote, and describe how they can export more than one
citation at a time from Google Scholar. The methodology is fundamentally the same for EndNote,
Reference Manager, EndNoteWeb, and ProCite.
The procedure for exporting into
RefWorks has been described elsewhere.
- Allows one to search the FULL TEXT of journal articles from thousands of publishers. (The list
of publishers that have allowed Google to search behind their firewalls has not been
- You will only be able to read those articles for which the University of Illinois Library holds
- You may download the basic citation information from any of the listings (whether we have a
subscription or not) but will not get abstracts, subject headings, etc.
- When you search Google Scholar, you may find thousands of apparent citations, but GS will
actually only let you view about the first 1000 of them.
- Many of the records are just links to citations not to the actual article; you will not be able
to download these citations
- Read more about
Comparison of Google Scholar, Web of Science,
Scopus | a
First Way: Import one citation at a time into EndNote:
First Step: Customize Google Scholar
This will let you use the University of Illinois "Discover" links for citations as well as
export the citations to EndNote
- Go to Google Scholar,
- Click on the link to Scholar Preferences
- In Library Links, search for Illinois. Then check off < University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign - Discover UIUC Full Text > . If it's not already checked, also do a search for
WorldCat, and select < Open WorldCat - Library Search >, too.
- In Number of Results, select < 100 >.
- In Bibliographic Manager, under Show links to import citations into, select < EndNote
- Click on < Save Preferences >. These preferences should persist from one browser session
to the other, as they are located in your cookies.
To initate a direct export to
Conduct your search in
- Each record displayed will have an
Import into EndNote link. Clicking on the link will launch a < Opening
EndNote > window that that allow you to open the file with EndNote. Press OK.
- You will then be asked to choose which EndNote Library you wish to import the citation into.
You may need to navigate to where your EndNote libraries are located. Choose a library.
- The citation should be imported into the EndNote library.
- Note: if you have Zotero installed (see below), your citations will funnel into Zotero. If this
occurs, you may want to turn off the Zotero Preference that dicatates Zotero is to be used for
downloaded RIS/Refer files.
Second Way: Importing more than one Google Scholar citation into EndNote at a time:
If you use the Firefox browser (version 2 or above), then you may like to install the
Zotero plugin. This plugin has been especially designed by
researchers at George Mason University to work with Google Scholar (as well as library catalogs,
Amazon, and some other resources) so that you can select multiple citations for import from web
resources that do not offer this option.
When you restart Firefox, you will see Zotero at the bottom of the Firefox broswer. Click on it
and familiarize yourself with the program (the
Zotero Quick Start will help
you learn how to use Zotero)
- Click on the Zotero icon, which will semi-open the Zotero window.
- Select the collection in the left Zotero column into which you which to import the new
citations. (You may want to just make a new, empty collection, and later distribute them into other
collections; to make a new collection, click on the first icon across the Zotero screen -- it'a a
folder with a "+" on it.) The middle Zotero column should be empty before you start your search in
- You may want to leave the Zotero window open while doing your searching, so you can verify
import of the citations. It's not necessary to leave it open, just handy.
Once you have Zotero installed, perform your search in Google Scholar.
- You will notice in the browser's location bar that a yellow folder icon appears. This indicates
that you are on a site from which Zotero can import records. Click on the folder in the location
- A small window drops down that shows the Google Scholar citations, with an empty check box in
front of each citation.
- Select the citations that you need and click "OK"
NOTE: Try to avoid those citations that, in Google Scholar, have [CITATION] in
front of them, as these do not have volume or pagination information, and frequently seem to
hang-up Zotero during import. With some effort you can tell which citations these are in the Zotero
"select-items window" as the citation will starts with an empty space. Don't select these as they
will cause the download to fail.
- A small window pops up that indicates the records are being saved into Zotero.
- If you have kept the mini-Zotero window open, the records you selected should be visible in the
middle Zotero column. You may want to maximize the Zotero window and scroll through the citations
to see if all the information you require has been captured.
- You can keep searching, sending additional records to Zotero for eventual export from
To Export records from Zotero to EndNote:
- Highlight (select) the Zotero records that you wish to export.
- Right-click on the selection and, from the menu bar, select "Exported selected items"
- Choose to export in EndNote / Refer / BibIX format.
- A file will be created called "Exported Items.txt". Rename it if you like, but keep the txt
extension. NOTE: It takes quite a while (e.g., sometimes 15-30 minutes) for all the citations to be
exported to the RIS file. Go have a cup of coffee! You will not be able to access any of your
FireFox browser sessions during this time.
- Start up EndNote and open up the library into which you want to import the citations.
- Select File/Import from the toolbar.
- For Import Data File, browse to where ever you saved the test file, and choose it.
- For Import Option, select EndNote Import.
- Click Import.
- Your records should now appear in the Imported References folder (EndNote X1 or higher) or in
the library that is open.
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