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EndNote: EndNote Extras

Guide to using EndNote at Murdoch University

Downloading Output Styles

Output styles determine the appearance of references in a bibliography. EndNote has over 4,500 output styles, around 500 of which are supplied with the software. If you haven’t found the style you need, you can download the complete set or choose individual styles from the EndNote Output styles website 

Search for the style you require eg Austral Ecology in the search box and click Apply

Click on the Download for your journal

Choose Open.

The style will open in EndNote

In EndNote go to File – Save As. Remove the word 'copy' and click Save

Click File – Close

To locate your downloaded style click on the down arrow below References - Select Another Style

Scroll through the list to find your style eg Austral Ecology and click Choose.



Journal title abbreviations (Vancouver style)

The Vancouver style requires the use of specific Journal title abbreviations. EndNote refers to these are ‘term lists’, which need to be added separately.

To upload a terms list:

  • Go to Tools > Open Term Lists > Journal Terms List
  • If there are existing terms, select all the existing terms (use Ctrl+A), and click Delete Term
  • Switch to the Lists tab and click Import List…

  • Double-click the ‘Medical’ file.
  • This will begin the import. Click OK when done
  • You should now see all the journal abbreviations in the term list.

Troubleshooting tips

  • If you have trouble downloading a style, try a different browser.
  • You must save the style files in the correct folder where your copy of EndNote has been installed.
  • If you are having problems with existing styles in EndNote you may need to update these files. Follow the directions explained left for the problem style files - removing the word 'copy' will ensure that the updated file overwrites the older version.
  • For further information go to the EndNote Help 

Mac Users - Click on your required style and locate it in your "Downloads". Drag and drop it into your Styles folder at 


Extracting references from a Word doc

(The contents of this page have been adapted from the University of Western Australia by permission.)

It is difficult to import references from Word into EndNote, and not recommended. Rather, you should be using the methods previously discussed: manual entry, or exporting from databases or FindIt.

However, there may be partial solutions to help with this, including the use of other citation-management software such as Zotero (in combination with CrossRef) or WizFolio.

Zotero and CrossRef method

  1. Install Zotero.
  2. Go to CrossRef and paste your bibliography into the query box. You will need to register for a CrossRef account.
  3. Extract the references using Zotero
  4. Export the references from Zotero to EndNote.

Wizfolio method

  1. Sign up for WizFolio
  2. Copy your reference list from Word document and paste in WizFolio
  3. Extract the references, and check for errors
  4. Export references as a RIS file.

Other methods

For Apple Macintosh

Install Ref2RIS to convert your bibliography into the RIS format, and edit it. Then import the RIS file into EndNote.