Importing records from CDS/ISIS

Hi,  I have exported records from our CDS/ISIS based system into ISO format and then using MARC Edit converted to MARC.

How do I get these records into EndNote?

The MARC files are here:



and the original ISO export is here:


I’ve tried a couple of filters that claim to import MARC records but neither work.

many thanks


The URLs you provided are secure (https) and included spaces which appears to prevent accessing the files (in spite of removing the spaces).  Without seeing the arrangement of the data, a couple of guesses would be:

1.  Endnote  cannot import the data  in the file  format you’re  using;  and/or

2. The “tags” in the Endnote import filters  you’ve been trying do not align with those  in your data so the import  filter(s)  don’t work.

Refer to the endnote’s manual for more information on MARC  records  and  creating MARC import filters. You can also contact tech support:

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Ok, so I’m going to create an import filter for my records. However I have come across 2 problems.

  1. I have several different Reference types I want to import.  They have the MARC code 003 which I have associated with field “Ref Type” but this doesn’t seem to be picked up in the import

  2. I have a field that I want to split with the import file.  How is that done?

Many thanks


Can you provide an excerpt of a sample record which shows the MARC tags and source lines? Otherwise, without verification here are some thoughts:

  1. In your filter you will need to create a separate template for each reference type (etc., Book, Edited Book, Computer Program). Before  importing  set the  Default Reference  Type setting  in the filter  to  the desired  reference type  (i.e., Book)  then import. (So you’ll need to import the records in groups based on reference type.)

2. You might be able  to split an MARC source line  into 2  different  Endnote  receiving fields if there is some  special character  within the source line  that defines  the 2 parts  to be  disaggregated.

Thanks for the help,  here’s some example records - 

=LDR 006850000000002650004500
=003 Book
=840 /SWFOR2/
=200 Joint, I.R.
=200 Pomroy, A.
=240 $bPlymouth Marine Laboratory$c1995
=230 DRA Contract Report SMCF/57 - Final report
=610 Hydroids isolated from Tamar estuary; biofouling algae from Plymouth Sound
=810 SE.I/Gb.41
=820 PML Miscellaneous Publications [LIB-132]
=830 /chl5/
=835 /tj/
=840 /nisc33/
=840 /4//srp1//r95//lpml//bwret//s.18//ssw//sw4//ns5//balg//binv/
=845 Biology
=845 British Isles
=845 English Channel Coast
=845 England
=224 Algal development in biofouling
=250 15p

=LDR 007000000000003130004500
=003 Journal\Article
=840 /SWFOR2/
=892 1663
=893 82
=324 Science of the Total Environment
=350 22, 235-241
=343 1982
=810 SG.X/18
=830 /chlret/
=835 /tj//tf/
=840 /nisc6//bwret//s.18//ssw//bmol//poll//m3/
=845 Biology
=845 British Isles
=845 England
=845 English Channel, Coast
=845 Marine and estuarine pollution
=845 Chemical pollution
=845 Metals
=891 /Arsenic//Cd/
=100 Bland, S.
=100 Ackroyd, D.R.
=100 Marsh, J.G.
=100 Millward, G.E.
=124 Heavy metal content of oysters from the Lynher estuary, U.K

=LDR 005010000000002290004500
=845 Channel Isles
=845 Channel Isles
=003 Journal\Article
=100 Jeffreys, J.G.
=124 Report on dredging among the Channel Isles
=324 Report. British Association for the Advancement of Science
=350 1865, 1-3
=343 1866
=810 S.I/Gb.1
=830 /chlret/
=835 /tj/
=840 /s.17//b//bwret//ci/
=845 Benthos
=845 Biology
=845 British Isles
=845 Channel Isles

I should probably add that my MARC file is 254,000 lines long with Journal/Book etc item types randomly distributed within it.  It is therefore very difficult to break it into individual files by item types.



Thanks for the records. I tried copying and saving them to a text file (.txt) to test an import filter but have been getting some buggy results. Could you export these or another set of a few records, save them as a text file, and attach it to your message?

If you have assorted reference types  (e.g., Book, Journal Article, etc.) intermingled within the same file, it’s possible to search the file and replace the  generic reference type tag (=003) with a unique identifier to differentiate each reference type. For example, replace “= 003 Journal/Article”  with: =JA Journal\Article.  With reference type having its own tag corresponding to the import filter’s template you can then import records  as a particular reference type using the filter’s default setting.