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Endnote Library of Parapsychology Articles
Contributed by Ruth Reinsel

updated 22 Jul 2004

What is Endnote?
Endnote is a bibliographic database program that has many capabilities. It can organizes references (including journal articles, books, conference proceedings) and select subsets of these for special projects. Endnote can automatically download citations from internet sources such as PsycInfo, PubMed, or library websites. It is compatible with word processing software such as MS Word and WordPerfect, and it automatically produces reference lists in whatever format is required by the journal to which you're submitting. You will never have to type a reference list again!

You can find more info on Endnote here.
A free demo version is available for a 30-day trial period. A low-priced student version is also available.

Two files are available for download:
1) An Endnote library containing citation information on a large number of articles in the parapsychological literature, supplemented by additional articles from “mainstream” scientific journals, notably on the topics of anthropology, healing and holistic medicine. Currently the database contains about 1600 articles, of which almost 1400 are from JP, EJP, IJP, JASPR, JSE and JSPR.. The database does not claim to be comprehensive, but it represents a good sampling of the parapsychological literature since 1980. Updated versions of the Endnote library will be posted periodically. The database is searchable by keyword, author, journal name, etcetera. Many of the citations contain the abstract and author address as well. It is necessary to have Endnote software (or other similar software) installed on your computer to use this file (see below for information on obtaining Endnote software). Right click here and choose "SAVE TARGET AS" [IE] or "SAVE LINK TARGET AS" [Netscape] to download to your PC  (1.91 MB) < last updated 07/22/04>

2) A text file readable in any word processor, containing only the articles from the parapsychological journals (currently almost 1400, going back over two decades). This file does not include abstracts. It is sorted by author and year. No special software is necessary to use this file. It can also be searched by keyword, author name, or printed for later reference. (Warning: it has over 120 pages!) Right click here and choose "SAVE TARGET AS" [IE] or "SAVE LINK TARGET AS" [Netscape] to download to your PC. (375 KB) <last updated 07/22/04>

You may also download a ZIP file that contains both versions here. (721KB) <last updated 07/22/04>

Other online resources are also available. The London-based Society for Psychical Research (SPR, http://www.spr.ac.uk ) maintains an Online Library which indexes its publications dating back to 1884. Access to the Abstracts Catalogue is free to the public and is available. Members of the SPR also have access to the full text of the articles.

The Journal of Parapsychology provides online access to the full text of its articles via the Chi Litbase, beginning with volume 1 (1937). This service is limited to Professional Members of the Rhine Research Center, and will be available beginning in early 2004.

Abstracts of the Journal of Scientific Exploration beginning with volume 1 (1987) may be viewed free of charge at the journal’s website.

Contents and selected abstracts from the European Journal of Parapsychology are available online here http://www.psy.gu.se/EJP/EJP.htm and abstracts from the newly re-issued International Journal of Parapsychology (beginning with vol. 11, 2000) can be viewed here.

Notes on Using Endnote:
1. This library is in version 6 of Endnote, but it can be read with earlier versions of Endnote. In addition, other similar bibliographic software programs such as Reference Manager or ProCite can generally import an Endnote file. Endnote libraries end with the extension .enl

2. An Endnote library may contain bibliographic citation information on journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspaper articles, audio or videotapes, etcetera. Each entry in the Endnote database appears on one line. Only the first author is initially shown, together with the title and date of publication. You can open the entry by double-clicking on the author’s name or the title of the article. Then a new window will open, containing all of the citation information will in separate fields. Scroll down to see the Abstract and any Notes that are available. You can move between the fields using the tab key or the scroll bar. Close the reference window to return to the overview of the Endnote library.

3. Each citation is assigned a number in the library, in the order it was added to the database. This citation number is the link between Endnote and your word processing program. When you wish an article to appear in your reference list, you type a place-holder in your text, which enables Endnote to format the reference list. This place-holder is entered differently from the standard APA format. For example, if your Endnote library contains an article by Smith & Jones (2003) which is entry #123 in your Endnote library, instead of typing in the APA format (Smith & Jones, 2003), you would type [Smith, 2003 #123]. When you come to prepare your reference list, Endnote will find the citation info in your library and format it in the appropriate APA format, or whatever other format is desired. See the Endnote manual for more information.

4. The Endnote library can be searched and sorted by keyword, author name, journal name, year of publication, etc. It will then show you the subset of articles that meet your search criteria. If you wish, you may copy those articles to a new library, or you can revert to the whole database by selecting References – Show All References. This search and sort feature makes the Endnote library a valuable research tool.

5. You may add your own notes to any entry in the Endnote database. Fields such as “Notes” or “Label” are useful for this purpose. You might wish to note where you had used this reference, some additional information available in later articles by the same author, or where the article is filed.

6. Some punctuation is omitted from the Endnote database, for instance at the end of the article title, or special typographic conventions to indicate multiple authors, volume, page numbers, etc. This punctuation is added when the references are formatted into a bibliography in your word processor. Refer to the Endnote manual or the online help file for more information.

7. Articles with title enclosed in square brackets indicate the original article is in a language other than English. An English abstract is sometimes provided.

8. In some cases the journal title is given in the abbreviated MESH format. Some journals specify that the bibliography give the title in this abbreviated format. The user can edit the title to the longer version, and place the abbreviated title in the “alternate title” field. The Endnote citation template can then be edited to use one or the other field in the bibliography. See the Endnote manual for more information.

9. The field titled “Accession Number” contains the PubMed ID for those articles downloaded from PubMed.

10. I hope this compilation will be as useful to others as it has been to me. For those articles where I typed in the information myself, I apologize for any typographical errors that have survived proofreading. If you have any comments or questions, please address them to me at  RuthRein@mindspring.com . Ruth Reinsel
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