I referenced half of a document using somebody’s enormous, terribly formatted Endnote library with triplicate references. Having put in the references I needed, I ditched that library and exported the references from Word into a new library, saved them under a new library name. I then imported a bunch of references from Pubmed into this library. Any time I try to add these Pubmed-imported references into Word with CWYW they come up as unformatted curly bracket field codes - no amount of hitting ‘Update Citations and Bibliography’ fixes it. Instant Formatting is On. In Word these citations are ascribed as ‘Travelling Library’ compared to the ones I’d already inserted.
What am I doing wrong? This is wasting me so much time
Really hard to figure out what is going on without seeing it.
Can you do some screen shots?
Do the record numbers of the curly bracketed items match those in your library?
How do you insert them into the document (highlight in the library and use the little down arrow to jump to the word document or Alt+2?
In Endnote, do you get a new group matching the name of the document (see capture.jpg) – they should match what is in the library. Exporting the traveling library from a document to create a new library will not keep the same record numbers, so it might be those references the document thinks are coming from the traveling library?
You have the endnote ribbon in your word document? (capture2.jpg) and you are using a style that exists in your style collection? (cell in this example in capture2.jpg)
Yes, the record numbers match, but it wasn’t the references from the original travelling library that I was trying to insert, it was the new ones I’d imported from Pubmed. I actually fixed the entire issue by opening the Word doc and the ENL in Endnote X5 on my home PC, so I wonder if it was just a compatibility thing? I was using the same style (JMIR) throughout, which I had freshly downloaded for the document.
Yes, the record numbers match, but it wasn’t the references from the original travelling library that I was trying to insert, it was the new ones I’d imported from Pubmed. I actually fixed the entire issue by opening the Word doc at home and re-importing all the inserted references into Endnote X5 on my home PC, so I wonder if it was just a compatibility thing? I was using X7 at work and the same style (JMIR) throughout, which I had freshly downloaded for the document.
Sometimes by a convoluted workflow, you can accidentally insert the citations from the downloaded pubmed set, rather than first copying them to your library and then inserting them from the library. – not sure how, as they have tried to set it up so you can’t, but I have seen people do it. They it is never really in the library, but is in the manuscript and thus can’t find a match and is only represented in the “traveling library” embedded in the manuscript. That is why I asked for you work flow.