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EndNote 20

PDF Import

EndNote 20 can extract bibliographic information from PDF documents and use this information to create a citation record in your EndNote 20 library.

To do this:

  1. Open the EndNote library that you wish to use.
  2. From the File menu, select Import and then File (if there is a single PDF you wish to import) or folder (if there are multiple PDFs). 
  3. Select Choose and locate the PDF file or the folder of PDFs that you wish to import.
  4. From the Import Option drop-down of the Import File dialog box, select PDF.
  5. Text Translation > No Translation.
  6. Select Import.

The reference associated with the imported PDF file should now be displayed in EndNote 20, with the imported PDF file attached to it. If there is no bibliographic data embedded in the PDF, a reference (with the PDF attached) will be created using the name of the PDF file in the title field. You will need to manually populate the fields of data to complete the reference.

Tip: Your EndNote 20 library can be set to automatically import new PDFs saved to a particular folder on your network or the cloud. Set the PDF Auto Import Folder from Edit > Preferences > PDF Handling.

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