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Finding information for Psychology and Psychological Practice

A guide to searching literature for psychology and pyschological practice

Activity 3B: Adding references from Ovid databases


Panopto video from Academic Skills Centre, University of Birmingham (includes sub-titles).

Perform a search on an Ovid database such as Medline.

  1. Choose required references and select Export

  2. In the drop-down menu:

    1. Format: choose Endnote, or RIS: screenshots below

           2. Fields: choose Complete Reference

3. Save the file to desktop or other location

In Endnote Online

  1. Go to Collect - Import References

  2. Find and choose the saved file

  3. Import option:

    • 'Medline (Ovid SP)' if you used Endnote for download format above

    • 'RefMan RIS' if you used RIS 

  4. 'To':

    • Choose an existing Group, name a new group or just 'Unfiled' (then transfer to a named group)


Screenshots below of 'Medline (Ovid SP)' and 'RefMan (RIS)' Import options.

In Endnote Online, you may find problems moving the cursor over Collect and then down and across to Import References (the option furthest to the right after Online Search and New Reference).  

The options may seem to disappear if you do not take the cursor slowly down to Online Search then carefully across to Import References.


  1. Click on Collect in your Endnote Online screen (without taking the cursor lower down)
  2. This then defaults to Online Search within Collect, but allows the other options to be chosen more easily as they less prone to disappear from the screen, as long as you keep the cursor below
  3. Now click on Import References (to the right of Online Search and New Reference) and proceed from there


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