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EndNote X7.7: Adding references manually

Referencing software

Page contents

 This page tells you:


  • how to add references manually
  • what reference type to use


When adding references:

  • It is only necessary to fill the fields required for your referencing style 
  • Use the TAB key to move to the next field

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Adding references manually

At the References menu choose New Reference or Command + N or this icon 

Choosing a reference type

Use the drop down menu at Reference Type to choose the type of reference you require. The default option is set at Journal Article. Different reference types will show different fields.

Inserting information for a reference

There are different ways to populate the Author field:

  • Enter surname or family name first  followed by a comma and then the first name(s) or initial(s) 
       e.g. Robinson, Arthur William or Robinson, A W. 
  • No punctuation is required if you enter the first name followed by the surname or family name
       e.g. Arthur Robinson  
  • For corporate authors place a comma at the end of the name
       e.g. The Department of Agriculture,
  • Enter every new author on a separate line
  • Use correct capitalisation when entering author information

Saving a reference

To close, click on the red X at the top left corner of the window. Click Save 

Previewing your reference

Any highlighted reference will appear in the preview pane of the Library window in the selected style. To change your style click on the drop down arrow in the style box above the preview panel. References can be edited in the reference edit panel. Any PDF attachment to a reference will appear in the PDF panel.

You can also add references to your library through direct export and by using the Catalogue and Online search.