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Welcome to the EndNote Research Guide



What is EndNote?

EndNote is bibliographic management software.  References can be typed or downloaded from Library databases. References added to the EndNote software are stored in an EndNote Library and can be inserted into a Word document when you are writing up your research. EndNote then automatically creates a reference list at the end of your document.

Why should I use EndNote?

EndNote is a very useful piece of software to keep track of your references and format your documents. You will save time by using EndNote as a management tool but you may have to spend time learning how to use the many features of the software. You can use EndNote Groups to organise your references.

When should I use EndNote

EndNote is available in two formats EndNote (desktop) and EndNote, online.

EndNote (desktop) provides the complete suite of features. It is a good idea to only have one EndNote (desktop) library, but remember to keep a backup copy of your data.

EndNote, online is good for sharing references with colleagues and for use when you are away from your desktop Library. 

Either format can be used but a combination of EndNote (desktop) with EndNote, online is the most flexible approach as references are easily transferred from one to the other. References can be synced between EndNote, online and your desktop Library to keep the two libraries in step.

There is also a fee based version of Endnote for iPad which provides some of the features.


UniSA EndNote community

The referencing forum from the Learning and Teaching Unit's L3 team lets students discuss referencing, exchange advice and post questions and answers about referencing. Everyone in the UniSA community can also read the posts. 
Students can register to attend some of the workshops on campus about referencing facilitated by the L3 team.

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Cloud services and EndNote

Never store an EndNote working library (the .enl file and .data folder) on any cloud service for sharing, or even just for your own use. This will eventually lead to library corruption because of the way the cloud services synchronize files over the Internet. Such unusable cloud services would include, but are not limited to—

  •  Amazon Cloud
  •  Dropbox
  •  Google Drive
  • Office 365
  •  Sharepoint
  •  SkyDrive
  •  SugarSync

The reason these methods are inadvisable is that when you are working in EndNote, it is saving data to multiple files, and the data must be saved in a set sequence. When cloud services transfer that data, they change the sequence of file saves to make the files transfer faster. This eventually leads to library corruption.

Thomson Reuters 2013, Class Outline: EndNote X7 Collaboration, updated 19 July, Thomson Reuters, viewed 5 March.


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For further information please contact the Academic Library Services team responsible for your Division.

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