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EndNote: Citation Management

How to install and get started using the various EndNote versions

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Need more in-depth help with EndNote Online or EndNote 21? Contact Suzanne Maguire 

If you are in Education, contact Linda Salem

If you are in Health & Human Services, contact Magaret Henderson or Cat Ellis

Other Citation Managers

There are several free reference or citation management software options. Most of them allow you to do the same basic things: collect, store, organize and format references. Two of the most popular aside from EndNote include:

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
EndNote 20 (Desktop)

Faculty & Staff: 

  • PC Users: Go to the Company Portal app (can be accessed from your start menu), locate EndNote 20.4.1 and click "install".  Mac Users: Go to Applications SDSU JAMF Self Service

  • Contact the ITUS Help Desk for download and installation help (619)​ 594-5261

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?


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