Import filters are definition files used by EndNote to "translate" the database-specific format of references you export from a given database into the EndNote format for storing references. They "map" the elements of the database's output to the elements included in an EndNote reference.
It is always useful to evaluate the references you import into EndNote to ensure the various data elemecorded in the correct way and in the correct place. Otherwise, the adage "garbage in, garbage out" applies and the citations produced by EndNote won't be formatted correctly.
Although you can manually correct the occasional reference that imports into EndNote incorrectly, import filters are constantly being updated as the EndNote user community discovers and reports problems.
If you see references are not importing properly, you may need to update your import filters. Make sure you have the latest import filters, available for download at: http://endnote.com/downloads/filters Please note that you can sort this repository of thousands of available import filters by information provider, database or date OR you can filter this repository (second tab on the page) by searching for the information (database) provider (e.g., EBSCO, etc.).
- Windows users will store these import filters in the location: C:\Program Files\EndNote X9\Filters
- Macintosh users will store these import filters in the location: Applications | EndNote X9 | Filters