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It's a bit tricky, but you can make EndNote work with Google Docs

EndNote 21 Integration with Google Docs

EndNote 21 is the first version to integrate with Google Docs. As of August 2023 this is new and evolving. Steps to add the EndNote CWYW tool into your Google Docs toolbar at this link


EndNote & Google Docs Compatibility

EndNote versions 20 and below do not recommend working with Google Docs on Google Drive. There is not a CWYW tool available for EndNote 20 or previous versions.

However, there is a workaround described in the boxes below, that seems to work with Chrome.

Using EndNote with Google Docs

  1. Create a Google Doc, leaving the cursor where you want to insert an in-text citation
  2. Open your EndNote Library
  3. Highlight the reference, or references, you with to insert into your Google Doc
    2 selected citations in an EndNote Library

  4. Drag and drop the reference(s) to the appropriate placement. It will look not look like a normal in-text citation; it contains the EndNote coding
  5. Save the Google Doc as a Rich Text Format (RTF) by selecting File > Download As > Rich Text Format (RTF)
    Google doc with file, download, and download as .rtf highlighted in red boxes.
  6. In EndNote, go to Tools > Format Paper > Format paper and select your unformatted .rtf file (Google Doc). [If you can't find it, try looking in your download folder]
    EndNote Tools navigation highlighted in a red box, with two arrows pointing to format paper submenu options.
  7. There should be a list of references that you've added to your paper, although in an unencoded format
    2 citations in EndNote whose output format needs to be changed. Box highlighting where to change the output style and an arrow pointing to the format button.
  8. Use the dropdown menu to select the  Output Style (i.e., APA, MLA, etc.) and then select Format
  9. The saved document can be uploaded to Google Docs via My Drive > Upload Files. When you open this document, it should have the in-text citations and references correctly formatted.
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2024 9:36 AM