I’ve been invited to teach a class session about the use of EndNote in writing a thesis. Does anyone have any recommendations (including emphasizing what of the following items may be most useful)? The following are the things I’ve been thinking of talking about. My instructions were to specifically address how EndNote could be used to write a thesis, not just to describe how the program worked (including its ability to create citations), though I will talk about that as well.
In regard to sharing libraries
a. how to transfer references from one EndNote library to another
b. EndNote Web (a website from the EndNote vendor putting many of the functions of EndNote online). One option for sharing is that references could be transferred between individual libraries and an online group account. I’ve been told that the EndNote Web accounts are mainly limited or defined by the email address that is used to start the account, so students may be able to create a group email address and use that to create a group account. I will send you an email about how to set up an EndNote Web account both for information and in case you’d like the students to create an EndNote Web account before the class. However, I intend to focus mainly on the installed version of EndNote, not the online EndNote Web version.
The EndNote site links to copies of the 6th edition of the APA style. The most recent version of EndNote (EndNote X3) was published just before the 6th edition of the APA style was available, so students will have to add it to their copy of EndNote.
The most recent version of the APA Style (6th Edition) was made available for EndNote after EndNote X3 was published, so if students need the 6th edition they will need to download and install the file from the EndNote site.
Linking from EndNote references to the library's full text sources
Linking local copies of pdf's to EndNote references
Use of groups in EndNote
The Research Notes field
I may try to show how to define custom fields. These fields can be named and used in EndNote references.
Have a nice day
John Paul Fullerton