EndNote X3 – Finding Full Text

This works best with EndNote libraries where the citations have been downloaded from PubMed or Ovid. If manually entered or edited, the appropriate system connections often cannot be made.

Set up your Endnote Preferences

(found under the EndNote X3 menu)

[To use this system, you must enable Web browser cookies. If you have not consciously disabled them, they are probably enabled.]

Set your Display Fields choices:

From the EndNote X3 menu –> Preferences –> Display Fields

Rearrange your display fields so you can see that you have a filed attachment.

Suggested arrangement:

EndNote Display Fields

Add Access to Your Institution’s Library

Tucker Medical Library has a system to make journal articles accessible with an OpenURL Path. This is the OpenURL web address to the Tucker online library. It is where EndNote will be directed to search for matching references.

You need the appropriate OpenURL path for EndNote 13. It is:


From the Endnote X3 menu –> Preferences –> Find Full Text

  • Enter  this URL in the OpenURL path box
  • Check:
    • DOI
    • PubMed
    • OpenURL
  • Uncheck ISI web of Knowledge
  • Save

To find and retrieve full text:

  1. Select the reference(s) to which you want to add full text.
  2. In the library window, you can highlight up to 1000 references. For example, you can select a single reference, or hold down the Command or control key to highlight individual references, or use Edit –> Select All to select an entire Group of displayed references. Or, open an individual reference for editing.
  3. From the References menu, select Find Full Text –> Find Full Text. (Using a Windows machine, if you have a reference open, you can use the right-click contextual menu to select Find Full Text.)
  4. EndNote begins searching for and downloading full text for the selected references. Full text downloading happens in the background, which may affect the performance of other operations.
  5. To the lower left, you will see the Find Full Text reporting area where it will tell you that it is searching, has found or not found the PDF or has found a URL. Click on any of these menus and you will retrieve the number of articles indicated. Tucker Library may own the article even though Endnote did not find it.
  6. This system will not work for accessing remotely the holding of the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Library because they do not use a true proxy system.
  7. EndNote does find the URL of journals that are online but not owned by NJH Tucker Library. Using the PubMed URL, you can go to PubMed and find the articles. To see the FindIt! icon, you need to follow these steps:
    1. Open a new browser window or tab
    2. Go to the Tucker Library Website and click on PubMed to activate the specialized URL in this browser.
    3. Go back to you citation and reload the page. The NJH FindIt! Icon will appear.
    4. Use it to get the article from UCDenver if affiliated, or from interlibrary loan.

To attach a file manually

If you have a full text copy of any remaining articles that did not get the Full Text this way, you can link this copy to its record manually.

  1. Place your cursor in the File Attachments field
  2. Use Menu: References –> File Attachments –> Attach File
  3. Browse and locate your file
  4. You can attach more than one file

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