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EndNote: Getting Started

Brief introductions on how to install and get started using the various EndNote versions

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a citation management software that allows you to collect, organize, store, share and format references that you discover and collect during your research. The product comes in three variations that all work together:

  • EndNote Online (Cloud)
  • EndNote X8 (Desktop)
  • EndNote App (iPad)

Many of the most useful, basic features can be used with just an EndNote Online account. This account will sync to your desktop and iPad installations to ensure your personal library of citations is always kept current.

How do I get EndNote?

EndNote Online*

EndNote X8*

  • Faculty & Staff: Contact the ETCS Help Desk for download and installation help
  • Undergraduates & Graduates: Download from the Hardware/Software webpage and seek installation assistance from the Computing Hub Desk if needed

EndNote for iPad

  • Search Apple iTunes App Store for EndNote
  • ​Download and install


* More information provided on tab

How do I use it?

Please explore this guide to get started with the basics of the two main EndNote versions: Online and Desktop X8. 

If you'd like to learn from official product documentation, or if this guide doesn't answer  your specific question, EndNote has excellent resources:

There are also many excellent guides and videos from librarians and power users that you can find when Googling or searching YouTube.

You can also contact the expert trainer for your college, listed to the left.