You can quickly search your complete EndNote library for a reference:
For more options when searching, use the Search panel. To access this search panel:
When you open your EndNote library you will see the different parts of each reference displayed under headings such as Author, Year, Title, Journal etc. Clicking on any of these headings enables you to order your references via this part either alphabetically or chronologically.
To make other changes to the EndNote display in the main library window:
1. Highlight the reference you want to delete.
2. Go to References > Move References to Trash.
Marking references as read
You can mark your references as read by clicking on the grey dot which will un-bold the reference. To reverse simply click on the dot again.
If you prefer not to differentiate between read and unread references go to Edit > Preferences > Read / Unread, untick the 'Show unread references in bold text' box and click 'OK'. Once you're back in the main library screen, right-click on the heading bar above your references and untick Read/Unread Status to remove the column.
You can assign your references a rating scale according to your own criteria. Highlight the reference and click in the Rating column to add the number of stars required.
You can search your library for all references of a certain rating. Go to the Search Panel, then select Rating from the dropdown menu. Choose the rating number of stars, then click Search.
It is highly recommended that you make a back-up copy of your EndNote library to guard against damage/loss. This also enables you take your EndNote library with you to another location and to email part or all of your library to your colleagues.
Your library in EndNote comprises a .enl file and a .DATA folder which holds various files connected with the library. Both Save a Copy and saving your library as a compressed library includes the .DATA folder.
Use these 2 different methods for different purposes:
Save as a compressed library file to your USB for moving between computers or sharing your library:
To restore your compressed library file:
Save a Copy of your library on a different drive or USB as a back-up at a specific point in time.
EndNote allows to organise your references into Groups, so you will not need to create separate libraries for subsets of references. Groups appear on the left panel, and can be renamed or deleted. They can also further organised in Group Sets and moved between Group Sets.
The same reference can be added to several different groups, and references deleted from a group will always remain available in All References.
Custom Groups can be used to manually group references.
Group Sets allow you to organise your numerous groups:
Smart Groups will automatically add references to a group with specific criteria: