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EndNote: Citation Management

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 X9 (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.

Once you have your references in EndNote, you can download a Cite While You Write (CWYW) add-in that will allow you to easily add references into your papers.

How do I get EndNote?

EndNote Online*

EndNote X9*

  • Faculty & Staff: 
    • Visit the ECTS  Software Distribution Center to request EndNote installation codes and instructions (requires SDSUid and password to access the Intranet). Look for 'Software Request' link in upper right corner.
    • Contact the ETCS Help Desk for download and installation help
  • Undergraduates & Graduates: Download from the Academic Computing EndNote page with your RedID.

EndNote for iPad

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


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How do I use it?

Please explore this guide to get started with the basics of the two main EndNote versions: Online and Desktop X9. 

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.