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EndNote: Google Docs

This guide provides information on how to set-up and use EndNote.

Using EndNote with Google Docs

There are two ways to create in-text citations and a formatted bibliography in Google Docs using EndNote. 

  • If you have Word, follow these steps - Open your Google Doc and EndNote. Drag and drop the citation from EndNote into your Google doc. When you finish adding citations, download the document as a word document and format the paper as you normally would using the EndNote X7 toolbar in Word.
  • If you do not have Word or you have Office 2016 on your Mac, follow these steps - Open your Google Doc and EndNote. Drag and drop the citation from EndNote into your Google doc. When you finish adding citations, download a RTF file and format the paper using EndNote. Step by step directions for downloading a RTF file are outlined below. Here is a detailed video explaining how to format a RTF file using EndNote.


To add a citation to your Google Doc, highlight the reference in your EndNote Library, then drag and drop or copy and paste the citation into your Google Doc.

Once you finish adding citations, download your Google Doc as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Then go to EndNote, and go to Tools -> Format Paper -> Format Paper and choose the file from your computer.

In the popup box, check your citations and choose your citation style.

Click the Format button to save your document.The default is the name of the document plus the citation style. You can rename the file. After you save it, upload the document to Google Docs. Check that "Convert upload files to Google Docs format" is turned on in your settings.