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EndNote 21 Basic course

4.5 Linking to full text / searching for full text

The links to the full text of publications can be added to the references in the URL field.
Such a link is often included when you import references from bibliographical databases.

Use the button Attach File to add a file (PDF, Word, Excel etc.) which you saved on your own PC.
The added file is also included in the.DATA directory which belongs to the library.

From within EndNote you can also search whether a full text of a reference in your library can be found on the internet.
To achieve this you have to adjust some settings once-only via Edit – Preferences – Find Full Text

  • Tick the boxes (as shown on the screenshot below)
  • Type after OpenURL path:
  • Type after Authenticate with URL:

Now you can have EndNote search the internet for the full text of a reference in your library.
Select a reference in the short title list and click on or by using right click, then choose Find Full Text, or via References - Find Full Text.

You must log in with your RU number and password. On the left at FIND FULL TEXT you can see whether the search for full text was successful.
If so, the PDF is included in the data folder belonging to your library
And a link is placed in your reference in the field File Attachments (a paperclip icon will appear).

EndNote's Find Full Text functionality cannot download full text resources that utilise JavaScript due to security concerns.
For instance, the platform ScienceDirect by Elsevier uses JavaScript so the full text will not be added automatically to your EndNote library even though the Radboud University has a subcription to many Elsevier journals.


In EndNote it is also possible to determine the availability of publications in a dynamic way.
For this the linking mechanism of the University Library is used.
Again an adjustment (once-only) is needed. See the following steps.

  • In EndNote click on Edit
  • Choose Preferences and then URLs & Link
  • Replace the text at ISI Base URL by

After this you can link to the full text for any reference in EndNote making use of the linking mechanism of the University Library. This goes as follows:
Select a reference, right click and choose OpenURL Link or go via References - URL - OpenURL Link.
You will then be taken to a screen with availability information regarding this publication.