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EndNote: Formatted bibliography

Guide to using EndNote at Murdoch University

How to create a formatted bibliography

If you have written your paper and inserted in text citations manually (even though you have saved the references in your EndNote library) you can still use EndNote to compile your reference list. Note that it is not recommended to use a mix of manually inserted in text citations and EndNote inserted in text citations - use one or the other to avoid confusion.

Follow these simple steps to set up your formatted bibliography:

1. Write your essay/paper, and manually insert any in text citations (highlighted in grey below).

2. When you have finished writing, go to your EndNote library and select the references you have used in your essay (to choose multiple references, hold down Ctrl on your keyboard as you click on each reference).

3. Click on Edit, then Copy Formatted (CTRL-K). or right click - Copy Formatted

4. Back in Word, paste (CTRL+V) the bibliography/reference list into Word.

If you wish to use this method for your essay, it may be easier to manage the relevant citations if you add them to a custom Group as you write. That way when you're finished, you can just select all the references in that group and start the process from Step 3

Why not Cite While You Write?

EndNote is designed to work with Cite While You Write (CWYW), so why should you use a "formatted bibliography"?

There are a few reasons why you might not want to bother with CWYW and use a formatted bibliography instead.

  • The paper is short and only contains a few (< 10-15) references;
  • the bibliography is part of the word document, and can be edited just like normal text;
  • you are not using Microsoft Word, but have got all your references in EndNote;
  • you just can't get your head around CWYW;
  • your toolbar has disappeared and you can't get it to work, it's 4 am, and your paper is due in a few hours;
  • or, you just like to try new things.

It's a fast, easy, and almost foolproof!


 This page has been adapted from the Notre Dame University Library LibGuide