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EndNote for Mac

Formatted citations

  • Citations inserted into Word documents can be formatted or unformatted
  • The default is formatted

     (Smith, 2017)

  • A formatted in-text citation will simultaneously generate a complete reference in the bibliography at the end of the document

Unformatted citations

  • Unformatted or temporary citations are enclosed in curly brackets and include an EndNote library record number 

     {Smith, 2017 #2}

  • They are not included in the reference list at end of the document
  • The hash number – in this case #2 – is its unique number in the EndNote library, i.e., if the record is deleted from the library the number will not be re-used
  • The option for turning instant formatting off is on the EndNote X8 tab:
    Instant Formatting option on EndNote X8 tab

When to use unformatted citations

  • If you prefer not to automatically compile the reference list while writing
  • If you are using the same EndNote library but on different computers, with different versions of Word or EndNote (be sure to use the same EndNote library)
  • If you are creating separate Word documents for different chapters or sections of your document (as above, be sure to use the same EndNote library)