In order to best meet the needs of academic researchers, the ACI Scholarly Blog Index strives to integrate those organization and productivity tools that students and faculty already use to organize their research. ACI’s export options allow users to save blog posts found in ACI to the most popular platforms used in academia today. In previous ACI Blog posts, we’ve explained step-by-step how to use some of the most common citation and reference management platforms during your ACI research, like Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero. While ACI also offers other popular options – like saving as a PDF or exporting to Dropbox, Google Drive, and even Evernote – many users benefit from saving ACI posts to the same citation and reference management platform they might use for other academic collections and activities.
In today’s post,we’ll show you how to use EndNote, another popular platform, for saving scholarly posts found in ACI. While parent company Thomson Reuters also offers a basic version of EndNote for free, many college and university libraries subscribe to the premium EndNote platform, which gives their students and faculty more advanced options for saving, citing, and organizing their research collections. The instructions and screenshots in this post are from EndNote’s premium platform (also called EndNote X7), and will assist both free and premium EndNote users in their ACI research. We’ll look at using the ACI EndNote export tool and the browser-based tools EndNote provides, and we’ll show you just what this looks like for both EndNote’s desktop application and its Web-based access option. We’ll also show you how to use EndNote for a search results page in ACI.
Read on to learn exactly what steps to take in order to export ACI selections into your EndNote resource collection. (Just click on any thumbnail to view a larger version of that image in a new tab or window.)
Save an ACI blog post using ACI’s EndNote export tool.
Every blog post in ACI has its own individual blog post page, and our first example of using EndNote in ACI involves the export tool available on that individual post page.
To add a blog article to your EndNote collection from an individual blog post page in ACI, click on Export in the lower-left corner of the desired blog post page. On the resulting ACI export options dialog, click on the Export to EndNote button in the upper-left corner. This will result in an EndNote dialog opening next to the ACI export options dialog.
At the top of the EndNote dialog, you’ll see the options for saving to either EndNote.com – the Web-based access option – or to EndNote, referring to the desktop application. (Since you can set these to sync, just choose the EndNote environment you most often work in.) You’ll notice that the dialog has numerous fields, several of which have already pulled data relevant to that post from ACI. For example, the Reference Type field will automatically include Blog, as EndNote determined its content type from the data available in ACI. It will also include the author, post title, blog title, year, and other select fields. The other fields are open so that you can customize that entry with as much detail as desired.
If you scroll further down in that dialog, you’ll notice many more fields, some of which have data entered and all of which are editable. In the screenshot on the left, notice that, in the Research Notes field, I typed in a reminder of why that post was relevant to me, and how I intended to use it in my research. Also, because I have an EndNote group (collection or folder) called Scholarly Blogs, I’ve checked that box here so that the post data will go into my Scholarly Blog collection in EndNote. To save the entry, just click on the Save To button.
Whether you saved to EndNote desktop or EndNote.com, the dialog will then state that the item was successfully added to your EndNote collection. Below are screenshots showing what your EndNote library will look like once you’ve exported an ACI blog post to your EndNote collection:
Save an ACI blog post using an EndNote capture tool.
The next example involves saving a blog post with the EndNote capture tool (or bookmarklet, add-on, plug-in, or extension) from the capture tool available for your browser. The EndNote Capture Reference tool for Internet Explorer and Firefox are available on EndNote’s installer downloads page, though you’ll have to be logged in to access that page. Chrome users can get the Capture EndNote Reference extension from this Chrome Webstore page.
Each time you discover an ACI post that you want saved to EndNote, simply click on the EndNote capture tool, which will be a button or icon depending on the browser you’re using. The screenshot on the left shows how this looks when using the Chrome Capture EndNote Reference extension, which places an icon in my extension toolbar. When on a blog post page in ACI, I can simply click that icon in order to export that post into my personal EndNote reference collection.
As noted earlier, the capture tool appearance differs across browsers. The screenshot on the left shows how the same post looks when using the EndNote Capture Reference tool in Mozilla Firefox. In Firefox, I just click on the Capture button displayed in my EndNote toolbar in order to export.
Save an ACI search results page using an EndNote capture tool.
Our final example of using EndNote in ACI is with a search results page. The benefits of saving the search results page is similar to the benefits of having an RSS feed, because the webpage saved will always display the posts that fall under that particular search, allowing you continual access to the most recently-added posts that fit the parameters of that search.
To save the search results page to your EndNote library, simply click on your browser’s capture tool – as described above – from the search results page in ACI. This will save the URL as a working permalink for your EndNote collection, because clicking on that URL will not only re-run that exact search in ACI, but it will always display the latest content matching your original search parameters (in this case, PhD authors of blogs with an oceanography Library of Congress classification). Because the fields are editable (as before), you can modify those entries to customize that search results page resource within your library. Notice on the left that I also created a brand-new “group” for my search results page by typing “Blog Search: Oceanography” into the new group box.
Of course, you can still edit your reference fields once in your EndNote platform, and this is especially helpful when working with search results pages to ensure that resource is notated in a way that reminds you of its contents or intended purpose. Adjusting relevant fields to include topics, intention, notes, or other types will help to keep your collection organized and easier to manage.
Just like with other citation and resource organization tools, remember that you can use EndNote’s other tools and features to manage your ACI resources long after you’ve exported your posts from ACI into EndNote. For example, EndNote’s Cite While You Write tool lets you insert an ACI post citation right into your Microsoft Word document, as shown in the screenshot on the left, and adds that citation below your text as a bibliographic entry styled to your citation preference.
Visit ACI at scholar.aci.info, or through your university’s custom ACI portal, and explore the export and organization options available to all researchers – for EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and more – in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index.