Last Updated: 09 Sep, 2016     Views: 106

What you're describing (with the {curly brackets} and no reference list) is what Word shows you when it stops formatting the EndNote codes in your Word Document.

This is usually easily fixed by finding the Update Citations and Bibliography button in your EndNote toolbar in Word.  As long as you haven't changed anything in the curly brackets, your Word Document and EndNote library should be able to work it out between themselves and put everything back where it belongs.

If you have changed anything inside the curly brackets, however, you may find the EndNote can't recognise the citation to fix it.  It should just ask you to search for the correct citation to replace the one you have altered, but you may end up having to delete your altered citation and put the correct one back in.

You can (and should) turn off the formatting on purpose to copy and paste text from one document to another or move around paragraphs in a document (Word does not like moving formatted codes), but sometimes a Word document will simply forget to format the codes.  If it has done this once, it is likely to do it again, but as long as you never interfere with the text inside the curly brackets (unless you know what you're doing), you can usually fix it by hitting the Update Citations and Bibliography button.

Screenshot showing the location of the Update Citations button on World (PC)

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