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EndNote: Citation Management

How to install and get started using the various EndNote versions

What is EndNote?

EndNote logoEndNote 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:

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?

We recommend signing up for EndNote Online, downloading EndNote Desktop, and then syncing them for best functionality.

EndNote Online http://myendnoteweb.com

EndNote 20 (Desktop)

Faculty & Staff: 

  • Go to the Company Portal app (can be accessed from your start menu), locate EndNote 20.3 and click "install", or

  • Contact the ITUS Help Desk for download and installation help (619)​ 594-5261 https://it.sdsu.edu/software

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

How do I use it?

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

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.

Why Should I Use Citation Management Software?

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Citation management tools like EndNote help you with each stage of your research.  Instead of having articles, links, citations, and notes saved in multiple formats in multiple places you can use a tool like Endnote to:

► Collect references from the library website and databases, websites, or by uploading single or batches of pdfs

► Organize references into separate groups for different research projects

► Store references securely and back them up  

► Format references for a bibliography or use the EndNote Cite While You Write (CWYW) within Word.

► Share references with other users