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Importing references as text files

Importing references as text files

Some databases (e.g. Factiva) do not have a direct export option. In these cases, you will need to import the reference as a text (.txt) file.
Note: We recommend you use Internet Explorer when importing records from Factiva.

  • Open Internet Explorer and go to the Factiva via the Murdoch catalogue.
  • Conduct a search and select some records
  • Click on Display Options in the top right corner, then select Full Article/Report plus Indexing from the drop down menu
  • Click on the Save button. A new tab will open. Ensure the Menu Bar is being displayed (right click at the top of the browser window and select Menu Bar if it is not). Click File > Save As and in the Save as type drop down menu select Text File (*.txt). Save the file somewhere you will easily be able to find it e.g. your desktop.
  • Open your EndNote library. Select File > Import > File
  • The Import File box will open.
  • Click Choose... and find the .txt file you saved. Click Open. The file name will now appear in the Import File box (see above).
  • In the Import Option drop-down menu, select ‘Other Filters…’
  • The Choose An Import Filter box will appear
  • Decide what you want to do with Duplicates (i.e. references you may already have from another source)
  • Click Import
  • Your reference(s) will now appear in your EndNote library.
  • Select your required filter and click Choose. This will take you back to the Import File box with your chosen filter now displayed in the Import Option field.


If your required filter doesn't appear in the Other Filters list you will need to download it from EndNote Filters Webpage

  • Find the appropriate filter from the EndNote Filters Webpage
  • Click on Download > Open
  • The file will open in EndNote.
  • In EndNote, go to > File > 'Save As' > remove the word copy > save.
  • Close the filter file by clicking the small cross OR go to File > Close File

MAC users - Select your required filter, control-click and choose Save Linked File to "Downloads". The filter will now appear in your "Downloads" drag the filter file into your Filters folder. Located HD\Applications\EndNote\Filters

For the Joanna Briggs Institute database use Ovid Nursing Database (OvidSP)