How to cite a datasheet, using the style DIN 1505 2 Numeric


for my thesis I want to cite some datasheets e.g.

I’m using the citation style DIN 1505 2 Numeric. Which reference type do I need?


need more info, what exactly do you envision as ending up in the citation and how will it appear in the bibliography?  

In the text, it should look like

“The capillary has a diameter of 360 µm. [1]”

And in the bibliography something like this:

“[1]  Datasheet from xy, 18.04.2016, URL”

So what I want to say is, how should the citation look in the bibliography when I’m using DIN 1505 2 Numeric as my citation style?


You will want to create a reference type or adopt a ref type you don’t use with similar fields or create a new one from one of the unused types.

Is xy the company or an author?  I searched for citing a Datasheet and found the following suggestions which aren’t necessarily how the DIN standards would do it, but I can’t read German and can’t find “Datasheet” with DIN descriptions.

Data Sheet in IEEE

[10] Texas Instruments, “High speed CMOS logic analog multiplexers/demultiplexers,” 74HC4051 datasheet, Nov. 1997 [Revised Sept. 2002].

and this from an engineering librarian, on how to list chemical MSDS datasheets (to which your style would add the bibliography number?) 

Dimethyl Sulfoxide; MSDS No. D7120 [Online]; Mallinckrodt Baker: Phippsburg, NJ,
    May 25, 2005,
    (accessed July 20, 2007).

for example, you could start with Online Media (snippet shown in first attachment), Webpage, or Newspaper if you don’t already use one of those.  

Then you need to add that template to your bibliography and fill it with the information you want to display in the order you described  (showed two options in snippet 2 attached. For Online Media - I tried to follow your example.  For Online Database - i tried to mirror the Data Sheet in IEEE above example.  

The actual modified style is also attached, which you could input your info into either Online Media or Online Database and see if it works?   

DIN 1505 2 Numeric(datasheet).ens (17.2 KB)

Thank you Leanne for your answer, I’m very sorry for my late response.
I tried to import your modified style, but it didn’t work. Can you explain how I can import it?
I also tried to modify the styles (eg. Online Database), but I don’t know, where I can find the menu to edit.

Thank you.

  1.  Are you using a desktop version of Endnote or the online version?  If online, you need the institution’s administrator to add the output style, if there is one.  

  2.  downloading the style and telling the computer to  open it (on a Windows machine, it should open automatically in Endnote desktop).  If not – save it somewhere and then open it from endnote and “Save as” to a new name and use that newly named style in your document (on word’s endnote tab).  

  3. editing output style (again on a desktop version of Endnote - this is not possible in the online program) is described here:

to 1: I’m using the desktop veriosn of Endnote.

to 2: I can open the style, but I can’t use it in my word document.

I fixed this, by copying your modified style to the style directory ( C:\Program Files (x86)\EndNote X7\Styles). Now it is available in my word document.

But there are many further questions:

  1. How can I edit the order of the different information blocks? (Year, Title, Date Cited)

  2. How can I modify the styles? I only can open the styles, but I don’t understand the editing process

It is very frustrating, because your version seems to be another Endnote version than mine (see screenshots, I have Endnote X7.5 Build 9325).

I thought there would be a faster solution for this problem, but I think solving with typing by hand is much faster.

  1. great  – in addition to the PDF I provided a link to below, If you are a visual learner, try this youtube video: (she is using a slightly older version, but it is pretty much the same steps).  

  2. you need to “save as” to get Endnote to first save the output style, and then it would be accessible.  If you make changes, you also need to then Save as (although it will probably prompt you to do so).  

  3.  we have the exact same version.  your 2nd jpg is the same fiew as my capture1.jpg, and that is where you make your changes to the order of the items, – making sure you maintain the spacing punctuation and using the pipes to make sure they are attached to the correct field, so they won’t appear, if the field is empty.    

– what order do you want them in? In that youtube video: – see about min 5 for editing the bibliography templates.  

You may be correct if you only want to ever do this once, that editing it manually is faster, but in the long run, learning the power of the program is far better.  

My other view was where you would change or add a new ref type or the names of the fields in the existing reference type and is in the edit>preferences, ref types (and isn’t explained in the youtube video or the PDF, but if you need to do that, let me know).  

First of all thank you a lot for the video link, this is what I needed. I figured out how to edit my reference style. The only question that is left:

I want to modify the reference type, which I use for Datasheets (In my case I use: Online Database). The Author should be written in full length (ex: John Smith should not be written as J. Smith in the bibliography). How can I modify this, without changing the other reference types (Book, Journal Articel, …) ?

Thank you in advance

One workaround to try is to enter those authors with a trailing comma in the record and it will be treated as an organization (but incorrectly alphabetized if sorting depends on author).  

John Smith, 

But then the citation will also be in full, if it a part of the citation. (but this is footnotes, so that may not be  important?)  

The only other option, is to put it in a non-author field and change the bibliography to use that field.