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A guide to getting started with the EndNote citation management program

Training sessions

 The Spring 2020 citation management workshop series is now over.  

View recordings of spring and fall workshops, which cover these topics: Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, Intro to Citation Management. 


ATTENTION MAC USERS: MacOS Catalina lacks compatibility with EndNote. Apple has stopped all 32-bit application support with this release. NOTE: 10/22/19 from Information Technology Services: "MacOS Catalina is currently not a supported operating system by ITS... At this time, it is recommended that if users want complete functionality of the software that they stay on Mojave until ITS notifies support for Catalina." Read more

NEW: We have tutorials available that show shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

Getting Help with EndNote

Need help getting started? Ask a Librarian

Having installation issues?

Troubleshooting tip: Is EndNote asking for a license key?

Contact ITS

Having technical issues?

See tutorials for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

Search EndNote's Knowledgebase

Contact EndNote Tech Support


EndNote Video Tutorials

EndNote Support Site

Related Guides

Return to Citations and Bibliographies main page

What is EndNote?

EndNote is software that helps you manage your research and format your citations. EndNote is licensed for use by current Northeastern faculty, staff, and students. It comes with a plug-in for Word, called Cite While You Write

There are two ways to use Endnote:

​1) You can install Endnote software* and store your citations and PDFs on your own personal computer, or

2) You can use a web-based version and store (and share) your research items in the cloud. 

Most people choose the first option because it has greater functionality. The second option can be a backup of your Endnote library that is synced with the desktop version.

*As a Northeastern affiliate, you do not need to purchase it if you follow these download instructions. As long as you are a current student, faculty or staff, there is no need to download a trial version or one that requires a purchase. (Ignore the link that says "Free and Discounted Software" and instead go straight to "Software Downloads.")

Next Step

The Getting Started page covers downloading and installing Endnote software, creating an online Endnote account, and exporting from databases to your Endnote library.