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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
EndNote 21 (Desktop)

Faculty & Staff: 

  • PC Users: Go to the Company Portal app (can be accessed from your start menu), locate EndNote 21 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


*If you are asked for a product key when trying to download the desktop version of EndNote, it is because you attempted to download without first extracting/unzipping the downloaded file.  To extract the file, navigate to the zipped folder Right click on the folder and click Extract All

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