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EndNote 20

This guide provides basic information on using EndNote Desktop (citation management tool)
I. Install EndNote

at the University Libraries webpage, scroll to Research and Teaching Support, click on EndNote, then click on Download EndNote and follow instruction. Should you encounter any problem with the installation, please contact the IT Help Desk by email:

Before installing, it is always a good idea to:


II. Create your EndNote Library
  • Open EndNote
  • From the File menu, select New
  • In the New Reference Library menu box
    • Go to File name and give your library a name of your choice 
    • Go to Save as type and make sure to read: EndNote Library.(*enl)
    • Click the Save button to save your library. A plain library with no references will open.


  • Once created your EndNote Library consists of two files
         1. The .enl file (e.g. My EndNote Library.enl)
         2. The .data file (e.g. My EndNote which will have the same name and will stores all your PDFs.

    Make sure to keep these two files together if you want to save a backup copy or email a copy of your EndNote Library. 


  • Create only ONE EndNote Library and use Groups to organize your references.
  • Do NOT Save your EndNote Library to the cloud synching folders such as Dropbox or Google Drive. 
  • Back up your EndNote Library regularly. Making backups is necessary and can be done easily: go to the File menu and select Compressed Library (.enlx). This will automatically save both files (.enl file and .data file)