How can I take citations or references from a document and place them into an EndNote library?
If you have citations/references in a document (e.g., MS Word) and the document has
not been formatted with EndNote, there's no simple way of grabbing the references
and dropping them into an EndNote library. For example, someone sends you a Word document
and asks you to export the references in the bibliography into an EndNote library.
Again, assuming the document has NOT been formatted with EndNote, there's not really a way to "drag and drop" the unformatted references into EndNote.
Instead, connect to a database (e.g., PubMed) via EndNote and pull the references directly into an EndNote library. Go to "Tools" select "PubMed" as a "Connection" option, and retrieve the references for your library one by one. The fastest method is to combine the first author with the first page number. Choose "Author" for the first field and "Page Number" for the second. Use a comma after the last name of the author and the first initial(s), and use the first page for page number.
Run a new search with the next reference. You should see the citations in a temporary window labeled "Connected to..." Once you've retrieved all your references, click on "Copy references to" and then select the name of your library.