Our new Endnote help guide is now available in two places. There is a link from the Refworks page (under Alternatives), and one from the Referencing and Plagiarism page (under Referencing Software). It’s temporary to have it in only these two spots—we will keep you updated.
This is our 200th post on the Business Librarian blog! By way of commemorating this major milestone I have decided to announce that I’ve just attended some further EndNote training, which is referencing software generally used by, although not exclusively, postgraduates and academics. At first it can be hard learning something as multi-layered as EndNote. Learning Refworks for instance, another referencing software package we subscribe to, took a little while to fully understand. Only when producing lesson plans and responding to student queries did the referencing penny finally drop and I was able to master Refworks. Following an instructor is worthwhile, but it doesn’t match a practical (let’s say problem-solving)) approach of dealing with obstacles, because making mistakes is important. Indeed there is almost entire discipline on making mistakes and it is recognised by theorists that mistakes are an integral part of the learning process and a key component in assembling self-reflective values. Why not check out Rolková & Janošková’s (2014) Employee mistakes as a necessary way of learning in companies in Proceedings of the Multidisciplinary Academic Conference if you are interested in the scholarly literature out there? I digress. Fortunately our esteemed colleague, the Academic Subject Librarian for Journalism is currently producing a guide and EndNote does own a YouTube account which holds many helpful online tutorials, one of which is a 25-minute starter called ‘EndNote on Windows’.
I’ve just attended some preliminary training on the referencing software EndNote, which would ideally suit researchers and those committed to longer-term research projects and developing specialisms. You can use EndNote to search for keywords, retrieving results and viewing the abstract. The references are then stored under tagging (‘labels’) and establishing themed groups. It is similar to our other referencing software, Refworks but is probably more aimed at higher level students or researchers. I was particularly impressed by the way a user could find freely available pdfs within the collated references, rating the article, the flexibility it offered, the use of ‘sticky notes’, and an easy keyword search within the references. You can find EndNote on university pcs (start > all programs > EndNote). There are some videos from endnote.com that will help you if you want to use EndNote.