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EndNote for Mac

How to use EndNote in 6 minutes: Mac

Compatibility & System Requirements

Click here for information on Macintoch compatibility and system requirements.

To update your Mac OS, go to System Preferences > Software Update or go to the Apple Support website.

Recommended Browser

We recommend you use Mozilla Firefox as your browser when using direct export from databases on a Mac.

Mozilla-based browsers allow you to specify how to handle the data when you initiate a direct export, permitting you to select the EndNote application.

There are known problems with the way Internet Explorer, Chrome and current Safari browsers on a Mac OSX system handle MIME types, and this causes problems with the ability to directly export from certain websites into EndNote.

EndNote & Word for Mac

The Cite While You Write (CWYW) functions put an EndNote submenu of commands on Word’s Tools menu. They allow EndNote to format citations and create a bibliography for the document that is open in Word. Depending on your version of Word you may see either a floating EndNote toolbar or one which is added to the standard Word toolbar options.

For more information click here.

Direct Export from Databases on Mac

When downloading references into EndNote for Mac, sometimes direct export will not work; instead the output file will get downloaded onto the Desktop and you will need to import it into EndNote.

Ebscohost Databases allow you to do a direct export of your records into EndNote

JSTOR, ScienceDirect & Scopus
JSTOR, ScienceDirect & Scopus download an RIS format file into your Downloads folder. When you import the file, use the Import option “Reference Manager (RIS)” to import your data.

Web of Science
Web of Science downloads an .xml file to Documents. When you click on it the import feature of EndNote opens. You need to select the “EndNote generated .xml” option from the dropdown menu to import it.


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