Using the Find Full Text feature in EndNote

One of the most popularity features in EndNote is the ability to find the full text PDFs of many of the references you’ve just imported at a keystroke.

If you are at Brown, using the Brown Secure Wireless, or you are using the VPN, you don’t need to do anything to enable this feature. But if you are using EndNote from off campus and are not using the VPN, please follow the below instructions to enable this feature.

To find full text for Brown’s journals:

  • Highlight the references you want to find full text for
  • From the menu at the top select References > Find Full Text > Find Fulltextfull text
  • OR use the full text icon, shown at right. (On the Mac, the icon looks like a piece of paper with the letters LO over it, and is the 2nd icon from the left)
  • If you have entered the above codes, you will need to authenticate with your Brown ID and password when asked.
  • On the left-hand panel, you will see the Find Full Text search results, and paper clips will show up in the records of the items where full text was found.

This method is not 100% accurate. Occasionally EndNote will not be able to locate articles that Brown does have online. For instances where the full text does not come through, check the reference against the library’s eJournals listbefore making an ILL request.

Learn more about EndNote’s tools for importing, annotating, and managing PDFs at



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