See our comprehensive list of filters for databases available via the Columbia University Libraries website.
As you will quickly learn, an important feature of EndNote are its download filters and connection files, which enable you to import bibliographic data more or less automatically from a range of electronic databases. The version of EndNote you have installed on your desktop or find at a lab workstation includes a fairly up-to-date collection of these files.
However, database interfaces frequently change, and when they do, an old filter or connection file may no longer work properly. In addition, the number of online databases is enormous, far more than the number for which EndNote has yet managed to produce a filter or connection file. As a result, you may find yourself needing a new or better filter or connect file.
PLEASE NOTE: While EndNote provides many connection files for subscription databases from commercial publishers such as First Search or Silver Platter, you will be unable to use most of them, with the exception of those from ISI and Ovid. In almost every case when you are dealing with a commercial database of this kind, you will need to use an import filter instead. On the other hand, connection files are what you usually will want to use when importing records from publicly accessible databases, such as individual library catalogs.
Because filters as well as connection files are simply files that reside in one of two folders on your desktop, it is easy to download new or updated ones. You can find the latest versions of many filters and connection files online on the page listed above or at the EndNote website.
Since such files are relatively easy (for an advanced user) to create, many can also be found at the websites of other institutions using EndNote, using a web search engine such as Google to find documents containing the words "endnote filter" (or "endnote connection") and the name of the database for which the file is needed. The Digital Humanities Center often can also create a filter for you on its own or with the assistance of the EndNote technical support team.