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What is EndNote?

EndNote is a software program, produced by Clarivate Analytics, which allows you manage your references by:

  • creating and organising your own personal database of references. 
  • automatically formatting in-text citations and bibliographies, in your chosen reference style, in your Word document
  • storing pdf documents and other files with your references 
  • sharing references with other users

EndNote's main functions are:

  • Database manager: stores, manages and searches for your references.
  • Bibliography maker: builds lists of references cited in a paper and at the click of a button will create the bibliography in a number of different styles.
  • Data importer: enables the importing of references from databases into an EndNote library. 

EndNote is available ECU IT Services software download Desktop software to download to your computer and as EndNote Online. When you load EndNote Desktop, you also have access to a 2 year license to EndNote Online

Refer to the Referencing guide for guidance on constructing references in APA style. You must always check references entered into your EndNote library. 

Clarivate website: EndNote X9 videos and materials.

Note: See information below regarding saving and backing up your EndNote library. This is particularly important if upgrading to a new version of EndNote.

Endnote Software

On campus, EndNote is available on all ECU student computers and available for installation on ECU staff computers.

As ECU staff and students, you are also entitled to install EndNote on your home computer. 

You can download the latest version of EndNote (X9) from ECU IT Services, software download service.  Desktop EndNote is available for Window's PCs and Mac. You will need your ECU Login to download the software.

Note: Follow the ECU IT Services installation instructions:
EndNote X9 Windows installation instructions
EndNote X9 Mac installation instructions

If you wish, you can also set up an online EndNote account and use the syncronize option in EndNote to automatically syncronize both online and desktop EndNote libraries. See the EndNote Online page in this guide for further information.

Saving/Backing up your EndNote Library

It is vitally important for you to backup your EndNote library.  Multiple copies should be made and these copies should be kept in different places. e.g USB, external hard drive.

Backup: If your EndNote Library is saved as a Compressed Library, then both EndNote files (references in your EndNote Library, plus data files such as groups and attached documents) will be saved. Go to the drop down File menu and choose Compressed Library.

If you upgrade to a new version of EndNote:

  • Make a copy/backup your EndNote Library, including any customised style files and customised import filters before updating your EndNote version. i.e. Your EndNote Library will be overwritten if it is only stored in the Program Files folder.
  • Uninstall the older version of EndNote before installing the new version.

EndNote safety tips:

General Safety Notes

  • EndNote libraries are made up of two parts: the .enl file and the .data folder. These two parts must be kept together, both are needed for the library to work correctly.

  • EndNote libraries should be kept on your computer's hard drive. Storing and editing libraries on a network drive can lead to corruption and performance issues.

  • EndNote libraries should never be stored in cloud-syncing folders such as DropBox, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, etc. Syncing folders corrupt EndNote libraries over time.

  • Uninstall your previous version of EndNote before installing a new version.

  • References in EndNote libraries can be synchronized between desktop and laptop computers, the online library, and an iPad using EndNote Sync.

  • Complete EndNote libraries can be shared with other EndNote X7, X8, or X9 users through EndNote Sync and Library Sharing.

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