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EndNote Desktop: Getting Started

Information on how to use many of the tools and features in EndNote, a tool that can help you store and organize citation information and format bibliographies and papers.

What is EndNote?

EndNote™ is a reference management solution with both a desktop and online component. When used on the desktop, it may be called "EndNote desktop" or "EndNote on the desktop." When used from a web browser, it may be called "EndNote online" or "EndNote Web." EndNote versions X9, 20 and 21 users can synchronize all the references in one desktop library to their online library and share the entire library with colleagues working with EndNote versions X8 through 21. Their online library can contain an unlimited number of references and attachments.

Creating Your Library

Set Up EndNote Library
If you already have an EndNote Library, click on “Open an Existing Library.”
Or you can start from scratch with a new library.

  1. Launch the EndNote program.
  2. Under the File menu, click New.
  3. You will be prompted to the New Reference Library popup window.
  4. Give a unique name to the library
  5. Make sure you save the library in a directory that is separate from where the EndNote programs stays.
  6. Click on the Save button.


Scholarly Engagement Librarian

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Virginia Desouky
Health Sciences North
Office: 3042931921
Subjects: Medicine, Public Health