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EndNote 20

Insert Selected Citation(s)

There are two methods for inserting a citation:

Method 2

  1. Open your EndNote 20 library and browse or search for the reference you wish to insert. Select (highlight) any reference to be inserted.
  2. Return to your Word document and place your cursor at the spot where you want the citation to appear.
  3. Return to your EndNote library and Insert the citation by clicking Tools > Cite While You Write > Insert Selected Citations(s).

Tip: Microsoft Word inserts citations and the bibliography inside a field of your document. These usually display on your screen with a grey background (which does not appear on a printed document). It is not possible to make lasting typographic changes inside a field, as the contents of these fields is controlled by the EndNote 20 program. Changes relating to your citations should therefore always be made within the reference in your EndNote 20 library, and your document subsequently updated.

At the end of the last sentence of this text we add another two references.
We do this in an alternative way:
first we select two references in EndNote, then we import them into the Word document.

First we go to EndNote via the button

There we select two references by clicking and simultaneously holding the CTRL key.
We choose a reference from Moed from 2006 and a reference from Zhao from 2005. See the screen below: 

Via the key combination Alt+1 or via Tools - CWYW we return to Word.

There we use the Insert Selected Citations(s) under the button Insert Citation to add the references:

After that the document looks like this:

Journal impact factors vary from year to year. Therefore it is more reliable to use impact factors of several years instead if just one year. Research has shown that review articles receive more citations than research articles (Moed & Van Leeuwen, 1995). Journals with many review articles can therefore more easily get a high impact factor than journals with many research articles.

Recently a discussion has started about the use of impact factors in research evaluation because the Internet has led to new forms of publication (Moed, 2006; Zhao, 2005).


Moed, H. F. (2006). New developments in citation analysis and research evaluation. Information Services & Use26(1), 135-137.

Moed, H. F., & Van Leeuwen, T. N. (1995). Improving the accuracy of Institute for Scientific Information's journal impact factors. Journal of the American Society for Information Science46(6), 461-467.<461::AID-ASI5>3.0.CO;2-G

Zhao, D. Z. (2005). Challenges of scholarly publications on the Web to the evaluation of science: A comparison of author visibility on the Web and in print journals. Information Processing & Management41(6), 1403-1418.


There is another alternative way to import references in your text (available in update EndNote 20.1.
Position your cursor where you want to insert references in the text and click on 
Select your reference(s) and click on the button 

(For Method 1, click on the previous tab 'Insert Citations')