Searching Remote Databases
With EndNote s Connect and Search commands, you can search online
bibliographic databases just as easily as you can search an EndNote
library on your own computer! And to make it even easier, the results
of your searches appear as EndNote references ready for you to store
in your own EndNote library.
This chapter will guide you through these basic steps:
Connect to a remote database.
Search the database.
Copy the references that you want to keep into an EndNote library.
NOTE: In order to follow along with this exercise, you must be at a
computer with access to the Internet (either dial up or a direct network
How Does It Work?
EndNote is able to provide access to these remote sources using an
information retrieval protocol called Z39.50. Z39.50 is widely
supported by libraries and information providers around the world as a
convenient method to access their library catalogs and reference
EndNote stores the information necessary to connect to and search
these online databases in individual connection files. Preconfigured
connection files are provided for a number of these sources. If
necessary, you can also customize or configure your own connections
to Z39.50 compliant databases.
What EndNote s Searching Offers
EndNote s search interface provides a simple way to do basic searches
on EndNote libraries and remote databases. The same Search window
is used for both purposes. This removes the need to learn a separate
program to access the online databases or go through the extra steps of
saving the references to a text file and importing them into EndNote.
This search interface is not intended to replace the advanced search
options that may be available using the search interface offered by your
information provider. There may be times when you want to use the
information provider s search interface (for example, to take advantage
of a thesaurus of search terms) and then import those references into
EndNote. This is still an option using EndNote s Import command (see
Chapter 7: Searching Remote Databases