You can use the Find Full Text feature within EndNote to assist in locating the full articles of your references.

You can search for up to 250 references at one time.

For best results, follow the setup steps below in full and consider the use of the UQ VPN if you’re not on a computer connected to the University through a LAN (wired connection) or WiFi (EduRoam).

Find Full Text cannot be used in the Online Mode.

Set EndNote Find Full Text Preferences

The following are the optimum settings for maximum success in returning PDFs:

  1. On Windows, go to Edit.
    On Mac, go to the application menu.
  2. Click on Preferences, and select Find Full Text
  3. Check all the checkboxes for Web of Science, DOI, PubMed, and OpenURL.
  4. In the OpenURL Path box, paste in:
  5. In the Authenticate with URL box, paste in:
  6. Click on Apply
  7. Click the OK

Setting for Find Full Text in EndNote

Using the Find Full Text command

  1. Click on the references you wish to find the full text article.
    Tip: To select multiple references, click on the first one then, holding down the Control key, select your other references.
  2. Click on References > Find Full Text > Find Full Text > Authenticate and log in with your UQ username and password
    • This authentication may lapse unexpectedly without notice. It is recommended to check authentication is still active before attempting to use Find Full Text
  3. Click on References > Find Full Text > Find Full Text or click on the Find Full Text icon in the toolbar

  1. References appear in groups under a Find Full Text group set. It will say Searching if it is working correctly.
  2. EndNote will now attempt to find the full text of your selected references and attach PDFs.

Viewing full text results

Once EndNote has finished searching, the results will be displayed in the Find Full Text group.

It will display how many were successful and how many weren’t located. You can then view the references in each of these groups.

It will also display any URLs (web addresses) it has found. Note: These may not go through the Library website. Double check access by using the Library Search.

For those that were successful, a paper clip icon will appear in the File Attachments column in the Library window.

When you highlight a reference:

  • a button of the pdf will appear in the Summary view. 
  • a button will be displayed in the File Attachment field in the Edit view.


You can also access a pdf through the PDF tab (Windows) or clicking on the pdf attachment button (Windows or Mac).

Reasons why Find Full Text may be successful

  • Authentication is not set up or the authenticated session has lapsed
  • UQ VPN is not active
  • All the Find Full Text options are not selected, with correct URLs added
  • The source platform has deliberately blocked PDF harvesting
  • The source platform has inadvertently blocked PDF harvesting by the manner of hosting content, such as with an inbuilt PDF viewer. This may be temporary depending on the cause, such as if there has been a platform redesign and then subsequent updates to EndNote scripts may allow successful PDF harvesting to resume
  • The OpenURL cannot narrow to identify a specific article PDF, such as when an entire issue of articles is hosted in one large PDF rather than one PDF per article, or fails because of a redirect in the access pathway
  • The resource is not available in PDF form, which may be temporary if the article is newer such as if the article is initially provided only in HTML form and then later provided also by PDF

Note: Some providers are known to have limited success in returning results. These include ScienceDirect, JSTOR, and Wiley.

When Find Full Text has not been successful, you can try some alternative pathways to quickly navigate to source platforms and manually attach PDFs, such as the OpenURL Link, the Found URL (if it is found), or the EndNote Click browser extension.