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The Capture tool scans the bibliographic information presented on a web page and creates a reference that you can save to a new or existing group. If no group is specified, the reference is saved to Unfiled.

To capture a reference:

  1. Navigate to the web page that presents bibliographic data. (Refer to the list of Capture Compatible Sources.)
  2. Click the Capture button in the EndNote online toolbar or the Capture References bookmarklet button.
  3. Complete or modify any of the reference fields.
  4. Click the Save to button and select EndNote online . Alternately, select EndNote to save the reference to your library in EndNote desktop.

Note: Be aware that some Web sites alter the URL during your session. Changing the record view can have this effect.

Capture Compatible Sources:

We currently capture from the following sources. Other sources not listed may also be compatible if they are using a system indicated below.

If you encounter an issue capturing a reference from any of these sources or would like to suggest a new source, please contact us.

  • ACS Publications
  • Aleph Library Catalog
  • Amazon.com
  • arXiv.org
  • BioMed Central
  • BMJ Clinical Evidence
  • British Library(Aleph Library Catalog)
  • British Medical Journal
  • CiteULike
  • COinS compatible sites
  • CrossRef
  • CSA Illumina
  • DRA Library Catalog Systems
  • Dynix Library Catalog Systems
  • EBSCOHost
  • ERIC
  • GEAC Library Catalog Systems
  • Google Scholar
  • HighWire
  • IEEE Xplore
  • IngentaConnect
  • JAMA & Archives
  • J-Stage
  • Karger Publications
  • Lexis/Nexis
  • Library of Congress (Library Catalog Voyager)
  • Nature
  • Ovid
  • Oxford Journals
  • PLoS Biology, Computational Biology, Genetics, Medicine, Neglected Tropical Diseases, One, Pathogens
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest
  • PubMed
  • Scientific Commons
  • SciVee
  • TLC Library Catalog Systems
  • Voyager Library Catalog Systems
  • VTLS Library Catalog Systems
  • Web of Science
  • Wiley
  • WorldCat
  • YouTube

Capture Buttons


The Capture button is available on the EndNote online toolbar which is created automatically when you install the Cite While You Write plug-in or the Firefox Extension.

Capture Reference

The Capture Reference bookmarklet is available if you downloaded the Web Capture installer.


If you are viewing an abstract version of a record, make sure to determine the abstract's origin before saving to your library. Abstracts are sometimes provided by publishers or other resources and can be inaccurate. Only cite from an abstract if it was written by the same author(s) of the full-text version.

Capture Tip

A default reference type, the type most commonly used, is assigned to each Resource. After saving the reference with Capture, confirm that the reference type is correct and all fields indicated with asterisks are complete.


Documentation Version 3.8.1
This help page last modified 02/14/2014