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EndNote: Getting started with EndNote

reference management software for staff and researchers

What is EndNote?

EndNote is reference management software, for creating and managing your own library of sources and producing citations and bibliographies in documents.

If you are a member of staff or a doctoral research student please see these pages on reference management for researchers for information about and comparisons of RefWorks, EndNote desktop, EndNote Web, Mendeley and other reference management software.

Learning how to use EndNote

‚ÄčThe following guides and training resources from Thomson Reuters (the company that produces EndNote) are an excellent starting point for learning how to use the software.  

To get started, have a look at the Help from Clarivate Analytics (the makers of EndNote)

EndNote training

If you would like help with using EndNote please contact the Library about the availability of an EndNote workshop

Who can use EndNote?

EndNote  is available to SHU staff and researchers with access to a SHU computer (on campus).

Please do not recommend EndNote to undergraduate or taught postgraduate students, they do not have access to this software. Students can be directed to the Help with referencing: tools and apps guide for information and videos about software available to them.

Saving and backing up your EndNote Desktop library

When you first create a library in EndNote Desktop, you can choose where you save it.  Clarivate Analytics (the makers of EndNote) advise there is a risk that your library may become corrupted if stored on a network drive.  However, a network drive such as your university homedrive is backed up.  Storing on your computer's hard drive, a USB drive or other non-network drive offers no automatic backup should the drive become damaged, lost or if there is a problem with your library.

EndNote also advise that EndNote is not compatible with cloud storage and you should not save your library to Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Wherever you choose to save your library, we strongly advise you to regularly create a backup of your library as described below.

Your EndNote library will be stored in library file (.enl) and a data folder (.data).  For example, for a library called "Health screening"  there will be a "healthscreening.enl" file and a "" folder containing files associated with your library.  The best way to backup all of the files relating to your library is to create a compressed library.  To do this in EndNote desktop, open the library you wish to backup, go to the "File" menu and click on the option: "Compressed Library (.enlx)…"  Follow the instructions to save this backup in a suitable location (an alternative drive is recommended).