Using Endnote & Scrivener couldn’t be simpler. Here’s a quick guide to help you out.
As regular readers will recall, I really love Scrivener. It’s an amazing writing tool which has totally changed the way I write, and how I feel about sitting down to write. I also love EndNote, the citation software my institution allows me to use for free (yay!).
Now, I know how to use EndNote in Word. And I know how to use Scrivener as my alternative to Word. But, can I use EndNote and Scrivener at the same time?
Happily, the answer to that question is YES! I’ve finally got my head around how to do it. With the help of those who commented on my How I Use Scrivener for Academic Writing post, I’ve worked out a strategy that works for me (thank you again for your great comments!).
Here’s my disclaimer: I suspect there’s probably a million other ways of doing it, and they’re probably better than what I’m about to say. But this is my simple guide to getting the two to work together. And doing fun things like getting page numbers to appear on the final Word doc! Sometimes you just want a back to basics, really simple guide – this is what this is.
By the way, I use Windows so my photos reflect that. If you’re using a Mac I suggest you go straight to Jon Hickman’s really useful blog post. In fact, go there whatever you’re doing – it’s a fantastic blog!
1. Have you told Scrivener that you love EndNote too?
If not, head to Tools > Options
Find Bibliography/Citations Manager. Then click on Choose to find the .exe for EndNote.
2. How do you make EndNote citations appear in Scrivener?
Open up EndNote. Right click on the reference you want, copy it, and paste it into your Scrivener.
Here’s an example. This is one of my favourite descriptions of the research methodology I use, called autoethnography, written in Scrivener.
The description comes from an article by Elizabeth Mackinlay, published in 2015. You can see that I’ve been to EndNote, right clicked and copied that reference from the reference list and then pasted it into Scrivener. It appears in Scrivener in brackets. The # is the number it has been given in my EndNote reference list.
3. OK, how do I add page numbers?
To add page numbers, you simply put the @ sign straight after the #number. So, if your quotation comes from p.199 (as mine did) you add @199 after the #number.
When you’re ready to covert your Scrivener to Word, click on the Compile icon. You can then save your lovely piece of writing as .doc, .docx, or .rtf.
Open up that document, and you’ll get something that looks like this:
The EndNote link is still there, as it was in Scrivener.
Now all we need to do is hit the EndNote tab at the top, and select Update Citations and Bibliography
And then, the magic happens, and it turns into this:
I’d selected APA 6th as my referencing style, so Word has now created that here. You can always select a different style, click update, and then it will change to that style.
There are other tips & tricks which I’m experimenting with, but I’ll save those for another day. Hopefully this very simple guide will help you to start using Scrivener & EndNote together.