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Last Updated: May 3, 2022 2:59 PM

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a citation manager that enables you to:

  • Create a library of references. You can add references manually or retrieve them from a database or library catalog.
  • Store and organize your references.
  • Cite While You Write in Microsoft Word. This means that you can insert in-text citations and generate a formatted bibliography as you write your papers in Word.
  • Collaborate with co-authors to compile references and cite them.

Downloading the Software

EndNote 20 logo

The University Libraries currently offers EndNote version 20 for Windows and Macintosh. It is available for full-time faculty, staff, and students.

Go to UB's EndNote page to download links for the software and read installation instructions.

Creating a Library

Open the program, choose file and then new. Name your library, choose the location to store your library, and click save. 

How many libraries should you create?

Although you can create as many EndNote libraries as you want, you can only sync and share one of them. It is best to use only one library if you want all your references available on all your computers, online, and on your iPad, then use groups to organize the library into categories.

Where should you store your library/libraries? 

A good place to store your libraries is in your documents folder or somewhere else on your hard drive. Do not store your libraries to a network drive, on the cloud, or in cloud-syncing folders.  If you have a Mac, do not set your Mac to store your documents in iCloud.

What will a library look like?

This is an example of a working EndNote library: