Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Skip to main content


This guide will help you learn to use EndNote software for creating your own library of references and full text. EndNote will also allow you to insert references in the proper format into a paper or grant proposal.

Full Text

In order to easily locate full text of articles, we recommend that EndNote users upgrade the URL in EndNote preferences.

  • Click on Edit (Mac users click on EndNote 20) -> Preferences -> Find Full Text.
  • In the OpenURL Path box paste:
  • Click OK (Mac users click Save). 
  • Now you can select multiple citations and use the References->Find Full Text option in the EndNote toolbar.

If you are using EndNote from off-campus, you will need to authenticate in order to access full text. You have two options.

  • Click on Edit (Mac users click on EndNote 20)->Preferences->Find Full Text.
  • In the Authenticate With box, paste:
  • This will prompt you to log on with your username and password when you use the Find Full Text option.

Adding Full Text to EndNote References

There are three methods for adding the full text of articles to an EndNote Library:

  • Follow the above instructions to set up EndNote preferences.
  • Highlight the references in the library for which full text is desired.
  • Go to References->Find Full Text->Find Full Text again.
  • EndNote will then begin searching for full text matching those references.


  • With PDF files already saved, highlight the reference matching the article.
  • Go to References->File Attachments->Attach File.
  • Navigate to the saved PDF.
  • Select the PDF and click Open.
  • Click on a different reference in the library to save the changes (a paperclip icon will appear next to the reference).


  • With PDF files already saved, go to File->Import.
  • Select File for one PDF or Folder for multiple PDFs stored in a folder.
  • Select the file or folder and make sure Import Options is set to "PDF File or Folder."
  • Click the Import button. EndNote will import the PDFs and attempt to match them with external full text.

Note: If a match is not found, the PDF will be imported with no reference and the title will show up as an alphanumeric string. Those records can be modified manually by opening the PDF and entering information such as author and title from the article.

Go to References->Find Reference Updates. If a match is found, decide whether to Update All Fields or to just Update Empty Fields and click the appropriate button.

Click the Save Updates button.

Enabling 360 Link 

By enabling the 360 Link within EndNote, you can easily get to the full-text of an article directly from the EndNote record

  1. From the Edit menu (for Mac look under EndNote 20), select Preferences
  2. Click on URLS and Links
  3. Paste into the box labeled ISI Base URL.  Click OK.
  4. To use 360 Link, click on a record, then go to the References menu and select URL and then OpenURL Link.  The 360 Link window should appear.

Special Notes about Finding Full Text for Citations Retrieved from Google Scholar

If you do not follow the steps below, you will not be able to find full text for these citations using EndNote.

Viewing Full Text Links in Google Scholar

  • Go to Google Scholar.
  • Click Settings near the top of the page.
  • If Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis is not already listed, click Library Links on the left side of the page (otherwise, skip to next section below).
  • Type Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis into the search box and click the search icon.
  • Place a check in the box to the left of the university's name.
  • Click Save.

Additional Help