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Create a record from a PDF with a DOI

Below is a DOI clearly visible on a typical PDF:

To create an endnote record with the PDF attached:

  • Click the green Import icon
  • From the pop-up, Choose PDF file to be imported (from wherever you have saved it on your computer)
  • Click the pop-up's Import button


This will create a complete Endnote record with the PDF attached.


This is a quick and accurate way to:

  • Create an Endnote record
  • Attach the associated PDF

To do this you need:

  • a PDF with a clear and unambiguous DOI showing somewhere on the PDF

Why would you do this?

  • If you already have a PDF that has a DOI showing on it, this is the quickest and most convenient way of creating an Endnote record amd simultaneously atting the PDF to it

What is a DOI?

DOI (Digital Object Identifier):

  • A permanent internet address for a journal article etc
  • Not used by all journals
  • When used it is found
    • on the first page of the article
      DOI example
    • sometimes in a citation. Eg APA:

Bugg, J. M., DeLosh, E. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2008). Improving students' study habits by demonstrating the mnemonic benefits of semantic processing. Teaching of Psychology, 35(2), 96-98. doi: 10.1080/00986280801977519

Import many PDFs at once

Use the Import Folder function

This is similar to import PDF but you can import many PDFs in a folder at the same time.

As for the Import PDF function, each PDF must have a DOI visible on it or the process will not execute properly.

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