EndNote allows you to set up preferences for handling PDF files in your library.
You can choose to set either one or both preferences. They don’t have to be set at the same time. These functions work best for resources that have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). If the article doesn’t have a DOI, EndNote will still import it, but you'll need to do a bit more work to get the record populated.
Set up PDF Auto Renaming
PDFs that are imported from Databases and Google Scholar often have file names that bear no relation to the article, e.g. Content Server(2).pdf or download.pdf. You can tell EndNote to rename the copies that you attach to your records so that they are identifiable.
Set up a PDF Auto Import Folder
You can set up a folder and set EndNote to automatically attach any PDF you add to that folder to a record in your Library. If it has a DOI, it will also populate the record with the reference details. This folder needs to be fairly close to the surface, e.g. Documents\EndNote\Articles for library. If the full name of the pdf including the file path is more than 248 characters long (including spaces) the pdf will not open.
Use your PDF Auto Import Folder
The file is attached, but the record is empty:
Articles that don’t have a DOI will have a title that appears as the name of the PDF in pointy brackets, e.g. <Library-research-support.pdf>. For these, there is a little more work to do.
There’s still no record:
If EndNote can’t automatically populate the record for you, you’ll have to add the details in manually.
A printable version of these instructions: Using PDF handling preferences in EndNote (PDF)
The Find Full Text function will only work with articles available from certain large online electronic journal collections. The EndNote software has to be individually coded for each of these databases, so not all articles that are available online will be retrieved by the Find Full Text function. If you highlight some references and select Find Full Text, EndNote will try to locate a PDF of the article. Normally only journal articles can be retrieved in full text. If EndNote is able to find the PDF, it will download it and attach it to the reference as a File Attachment. The PDF will be stored in the DATA folder associated with your EndNote library.
Configure the Find Full Text settings in your EndNote library:
Begin using Find Full Text:
It is best to work with small batches of 5 to 10 references. If you search for too many at a time EndNote slows down and the Find Full Text function looks like it’s not working.
A Find Full Text group set is located at the bottom of the Groups Pane (left-hand side of the library window). In this group set you can see auto-groups which allow you to monitor progress of the search. If EndNote is unable to download the full text of the article, it may be able to find a URL link and insert it into the URL field of the reference. It may be possible to download the PDF using this link and attach it to the reference yourself.
A printable version of these instructions: Setting preferences for the Find Full Text option (PDF)
You can manually import PDF files to create records in your EndNote library. If they have a (Digital Object Identifier) DOI, the record should be automatically populated with the field data for the reference. If there is no DOI, you will need to manually enter the data yourself. Many PDFs will allow you to copy and paste text, so if you have the PDF pane open side by side with the record, you can try that.
Import a single PDF file
Import a folder of PDF files