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EndNote: a beginner's guide

An introduction to EndNote Desktop for new users. Learn how to create a Library, add and modify references, use EndNote with Word, add groups, add full text PDFs, back-up your library, and use EndNote Online (EndNote basic).

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a computer program that helps you to:

  • store and manage your references
  • search and save references from library catalogues, online databases and Google Scholar
  • create bibliographies in your referencing style

Video: What's New in EndNote X8?

Video produced and kindly shared by EndNote Training.


EndNote can display references in your preferred referencing style (e.g. Harvard, APA, Vancouver, Chicago, etc.). 

Before you use EndNote:

You need to know which referencing style your School or lecturer wants you to use, and then become familiar with that style.

Learn how to reference:

EndNote's Output Style FAQs lists solutions to possible problems you can experience with the appearance of your references in your EndNote library.