Exporting references from an Ovid database to EndNote doesn't work

Answered By: Patrick Elliott
Last Updated: Feb 04, 2020     Views: 273

When performing a direct export of references from an Ovid database, such as MEDLINE, EMBASE or PsycINFO, the .cgi file generated by Ovid may not recognised by Windows and will not be imported directly into EndNote.  When opening the downloaded .cgi file, you may see the following error message, even if you have EndNote installed:



To associate the .cgi file type with EndNote in Windows, please follow these steps:

1. Go to your Downloads folder, or the location of your exported .cgi file and right click on the .cgi file you wish to import into EndNote, and choose 'Properties':


2. Next, click on the 'Change' button, next to 'Opens with' and 'Unknown Application':


3.  Under 'How do you want to open this file', choose 'EndNote' and then click 'OK:



4. You will be taken back to the file properties window - you should now see an EndNote icon next to 'Opens with'.  Click 'Apply' and then 'OK':



5. Now go back to your downloads folder, or the location of the saved .cgi file and double click the file.  EndNote should now automatically open, you will be prompted to open an EndNote library and the references will then be sent into the specified EndNote library automatically.  Any direct exports from Ovid databases will now work in the same way (i.e. clicking on the downloaded .cgi file in the browser downloads bar or within the saved folder location will 'send' them to EndNote).


For further assistance with exporting references from Ovid databases into EndNote, please contact your Subject Librarian.

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