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EndNote: Getting started

Manage references and citations in your writing and research

Getting EndNote


Download EndNote

Enter your JCU login and password on the LDAP authentication page. Follow the prompts to download the program.


Borrow the disk to download the program from the Library Services Desk.  Note:  2-day loan only

Versions for Mac Users:

High Sierra OS & Microsoft Office 2016

High Sierra users need to upgrade to EndNote X8.2.

Upgrading to Microsoft Word 2016, version 16.x will cause the EndNote toolbar to disappear.

Users with admin permissions on their Mac can update their X8 version by going to the "EndNote" menu and choosing "Check for Updates".

Sierra OS

Sierra users must use EndNote X8 or X8.2

Downloading EndNote onto a Mac?

EndNote asks you if you want to save your library as a "package", which will create EndNote libraries with a .enlp extension instead of a .enl extension.

This has been known to cause problems with past versions of EndNote, and it is best to avoid it at present.

For now, do not save your library as a package if you are offered the option.

Make sure you look at the EndNote & Macs tab for more information about using EndNote on a Mac.

System requirements and word processor compatibility

What EndNote does

With the computer program EndNote, you can create your own personal library of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. You can then select and insert references from your library into a word document by means of a toolbar which the EndNote program adds to your Word program. EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference and also create the bibliography entry at the end of the document. These entries can be configured to conform to any bibliographic style you choose.

How it works

Getting references into your personal library

  • You can type the references into your library manually;

  • You can download the references from electronic databases such as Scopus, PsycInfo or ProQuest; or

  • You can capture references for books from a library you searched using EndNote (including JCU’s library, UQ’s library, or university and public libraries from other countries such as the British Library or Harvard University Library).

Getting in-text citations and bibliography references into your Word document

  • You can search your library for the reference by author or keyword from the EndNote toolbar in Word and insert it into your Word document;

  • You can insert page numbers into an in-text citation using the EndNote toolbar in Word;

  • You can suppress author and/or date in specific in-text references by using the EndNote toolbar in Word; and

  • You can make your bibliography conform to various referencing styles such as APA or Harvard, or format references as endnotes or footnotes without ever retyping your references.

First steps

If you are upgrading from a previous version of EndNote, please back up your libraries and edited styles.  Please uninstall the old Endnote before installing the new version, as it can interfere with the linking to Word if you retain both versions of the program.

When you install it, EndNote writes a “ribbon” into Word 2007 & 2010, or a “toolbar” into Word 2003.  You should open EndNote first, and then open Word to check to see if this has happened.  If not, check the EndNote FAQ on Working with Word Processors.

If you use a Mac, ensure that you have the most recent patches and updates installed for your version of Word. In the Apple icon on your Mac, "check for software updates" and install all updates.

EndNote overview

Backing up

If we could just say one thing...

Back up your library!

Don't lose your work, make sure you regularly save a back-up copy of your EndNote library somewhere safe.

And don't save your "real" copy of your EndNote library on cloud storage (Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, etc), because the files are more likely to become corrupted. It's much safer to save your library to a hard drive.

New in version X8

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