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Endnote Desktop (20.1)

Endnote 20.1 tutorials and support

What is Endnote?

EndNote is software that enables you to keep track of the bibliographic references you discover through the course of your literature searching and works with Microsoft Word to enable automatic formatting of references in your documents (many referencing styles are available).  It is designed to save researchers time and increase publishing efficiencies.  Features include:

  • directly import references into an EndNote library from Primo, library databases (e.g. Web of Science, Ebsco), journal collections (e.g. Science Direct) and also from Google Scholar

  • Endnote searches for .pdfs to attach to your references & Endnote Click sends .pdfs to Endnote with one click

  • organise and group your references to suit you (includes advanced features such as 'smart' groups that self-populate)

  • automatically format your references choosing from over 7000 styles

  • match your manuscript to a relevant journal to help identify relevant publications for publishing in


Who should use Endnote?

Endnote Desktop software (currently version 20.1) is installed on university machines and is best suited for staff and researchers who need robust reference management software for large scale projects e.g. systematic reviews; long term research projects and theses.  The core functionality of Endnote software is also available as an Online version and we recommend undergraduate and masters students use the Endnote Online version which can be accessed on any device.  A separate guide on Endnote Online is available.

How does Endnote Desktop work?

These 7 minute videos, for Windows or Mac machines, show the whole process of creating a new library, adding references from a bibliographic search database (PubMed) to your Endnote Desktop Library and then inserting a citation and full end-text reference from Endnote Desktop into your Word document: