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EndNote (Desktop Version): Filters, Styles, & Terms Lists

What are Import Filters?

If you import citations from a text file you must select the appropriate Import Filter. This filter translates the information in the text file into a format EndNote can understand and parse out into the appropriate fields in an EndNote record. In most cases, the name of the Import Filter matches the name of the database from which you exported citations and from which you created the text file.

EndNote provides hundreds of Import Filters for a variety of databases and automatically stores the 100 most popular filters as individual files in the Filters folder in your EndNote program folder.

Learn more on the import filters page of this guide.

What are Output Styles?

EndNote's Output Styles allow you to format your Word document in a variety of bibliographic styles. Currently there are over 5,000 styles to choose from. A few of the most popular styles are American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), JAMA/American Medical Association (AMA), and Vancouver. In Cite While You Write (CWYW), the EndNote feature that allows you to insert and format citations in Microsoft Word, your references will be formatted in whatever output style you select. Learn more on the output styles page of this guide.

What is a Journal Terms List?

Journal Term List is a file that contains a list of full journal titles and their corresponding abbreviations. EndNote can use this list to identify journals and abbreviations and display either the full title or abbreviation when you insert references into Word. Whether a full title or abbreviation is displayed is dictated by a setting in the given output style. So for example, the APA 6th output style is set to show the full journal title in formatted citations. However, sometimes references imported to EndNote from a database only include journal abbreviations. Having a journal terms list allows EndNote to recognize certain journal abbreviations and automatically change them to display as full journal titles in Word. Learn more on the Journal Term List page of this guide.

Download Output Style & Import Filter Updates

New and updated filters and output styles can be downloaded from the EndNote website for free. Review the lists below for new and updated files. You can download files individually or as a complete set.

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