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A guide to getting started with the EndNote citation management program

Training sessions

The Spring citation management workshops have ended, but recordings of the webinars are now available.

Getting Help with EndNote

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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.

Troubleshooting tip: Is EndNote asking for a license key?

If you have already installed EndNote without following the "extract all" step, then EndNote will ask you for a license number. You should uninstall EndNote, and re-install using the "extract all" step below.  Right-click to unzip the download package; otherwise the full license will not install.

During installation, when you right-click on the EndNote zip file, you should see this option:

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.