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EndNote Web: Format your citations

The basics of using EndNote Web to manage and save citations and references.

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EndNote and Word for Mac OS

Opening the initial installation folder will normally give you the instruction to drag the EndNote Web application to the Applications folder. Once you have done this, you must go to the Application folder, click the EndNote Web folder, and run the EndNote Web installer.

If you use the EndNote  "Cite While You Write" plugin with MS Word for Mac, you may see an error message when closing MS Word. The error is harmless, and you may safely click 'Ignore' or 'OK'.

Why the fuss?

Why do people make such a fuss about citation styles?

A citation style organizes the pieces of a citation into an easily recognizable form. When you know what to look for, it's easy to tell a journal article from a book chapter from a conference paper. A citation style also makes sure that you've included all the important information about a source, so that your reader can tell the difference between, for instance, two papers by the same author in the same year, or two books by the same title.

Warning: Always double check automated formatting against the rules and examples provided in style manuals and guides. Be especially careful of capitalization, proper names, and dates.

Formatting in EndNote Web

EndNote Web has hundreds of formatting options; so many that's it's confusing. We've edited the list down to the most commonly used styles on campus. If you need another, please contact Rebecca Hedreen.

The major formatting styles used are MLA (English and other Humanities), APA (most Social Sciences, including Education), Chicago (History), ASA (Sociology), JAMA or NLM (Health and Medicine), and CSE--formerlly CBE--(Sciences). These are all in the (long) alphabetical list available in EndNote Web, plus dozens of other styles from journals, publishers, and associations in all fields of study.

In EndNote Web, there are three methods of formatting citations.

  1. Format an entire folder in a particular style. Choose Format, then Bibliography.
  2. Use the "Cite While You Write" MS Word plugin to format in text citations and a bibliography within Word. See the EndNote Web Help section for instructions on downloading and using the plugin.
  3. If you do not have MS Word or cannot download the plugin, it is possible to have EndNote Web format the paper for you. Please see the Help section on formatting for instructions. You must prepare your paper carefully according to the instructions for the automatic formatting to work.

To choose a formatting style in any of these cases, you will need to select your prefered style from the list. If there are a few format styles that you use often, you can Customize your style list to see only those commonly used styles. On any page showing the Bibliographic Styles drop down list, click on the Customize this list link to the right of the drop down box. Customizing your style list will also limit the number of styles that appear when using the MS Word toolbar.

Note: EndNote Web only formats citations and references. It does not format the rest of the paper: title page, headers, footers, captions, etc. Please see the appropriate manual for your style for additional formatting requirements.