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Opening your existing library in Endnote 20.1

Previous University version: X9.2

If you had downloaded Endnote X9 from the Software Center via your University laptop (as a member of staff/PGR) you will be running version X9.2 (UG and PGT students have also been able to download Endnote Desktop to personal devices from the university's Work At Home site). 

Opening an X9.2 (or any older version) library with 20.1 will create a new, 'converted' library e.g. 'My EndNote Library-Converted'.

Endnote 20.1 will create a new library and leave the original library unchanged.  This means that you will have two Endnote libraries upon opening an older library in Endnote 20.1 (you may wish to rename or move your old library that will no longer be updated).  For extra reassurance, you may wish to first create a compressed back up of your existing library before installing Endnote 20.1 and/or sync your library with Endnote Online.

Synchronising your new converted library

Your new Endnote 20 version of your library should sync correctly with the Online library, although it will indicate it is merging libraries the first time you sync it.  Once you have synchronised it, check it has been done correctly.

X9.3 and later versions

You may have X9.3 or a later version if you purchased Endnote yourself.  (The university's previous version was X9.2 - please see the X9.2 tab if your Endnote desktop access is provided by the University.)

Clarivate introduced a new database engine to Endnote at version X9.3.  These later versions of Endnote have forward compatibility to Endnote 20 and will open as normal in the new software version.

For extra reassurance, we do recommend ensuring your library is first backed up and also sync'd with the Online tool before trying out the new version for the first time.

What is new in Endnote 21?

Stay Organized with Tags

Tags are customizable labels that let you organize your references however you'd like. You can add tags to references and customize the colour and name of the tags. You can add multiple tags to a reference and anyone who you share your library with can view a tag, making tags a great way to quickly and intuitively organize your references.