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EndNote: Endnote Training for Distance Learners

How to use EndNote (for PC and Mac) to organize citations, format papers and create references and bibliographies.

Online Training

EndNote is reference management software with features to—

·       Keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library.

·       Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iPad, through EndNote sync. (You must be the owner and user of all three computers.)

·       Share your references with collaborators through EndNote sync.

·       Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.

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Tips for Getting Started with EndNote


  • NYU-licensed copies of EndNote software are available free to NYU faculty, staff, and students (for Mac and Windows computers), using your net ID and password. Follow download directions here. After installing, you can retain the software after leaving NYU. 

  • Learn the basics in less than half an hour:

  • Although you can create as many EndNote libraries as you want, you can only sync and share one of them. It is best to use only one library if you want all your references available on all your computers, online, and on your iPad, then use groups to organize the library into categories.

  • If there are references you do not want to share, perhaps because of confidentiality issues, you can create a second library for these and organize them by groups, as well. However, you will not be able to sync or share this second library.

  • Storing EndNote libraries in cloud-syncing folders such as OneDrive, Box, iCloud, etc., or keeping read-write EndNote libraries on network drives or flash drives, can all corrupt EndNote libraries. However, it is possible to put an EndNote library on a portable hard drive (NOT a flash drive!) and use it with multiple computers.

  • Use the File>Compressed Library command to make backups of your libraries.

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