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Getting Started with EndNote

Creating a new library

To create a new EndNote library:

  1. Open the EndNote program
  2. Select File and New...
  3. A New Reference Library box will appear
  4. Enter a name for your EndNote library (the default is My EndNote library) in the File Name field. If you are using a MAC, do not tick Save as Package
  5. Select the location where you would like to save the library on your computer (do not save to cloud syncing folders)
  6. Click Save
  7. The library will then open in EndNote 

To avoid unnecessary complications and corruption of your library, we strongly recommend that you have only one EndNote library.

Important note

When you create an EndNote Library this will create two files: a .enl (EndNote Library) file and a .data folder. It is important that both of these remain together in the same location and that they use the same name. Your EndNote Library won't work if the data folder is deleted or separated from the .enl file.

Spend 90 seconds learning how to create and then set up your EndNote library for full functionality.

Navigating the EndNote library (PC)

  1. Layout menu - used to change the layout of the panels. The above screen shot displays the Bottom-Split option
  2. Groups panel - lists your group sets and their associated groups
  3. Reference tab - allows you to edit the contents of a highlighted reference
  4. Preview tab - displays the reference in the referencing style selected
  5. PDF Viewer tab - used to attach, view and annotate PDF files
  6. Bibliographic Output Style - allows you to select your referencing style

Navigating the EndNote library (MAC)

  1. Layout menu - used to change the layout of the panels. The above screen shot displays the Bottom-Split option
  2. Groups panel - lists your group sets and their associated groups
  3. Reference tab - allows you to edit the contents of a highlighted reference
  4. Preview tab - displays the reference in the referencing style selected
  5. PDF Viewer tab - used to attach, view and annotate PDF files
  6. Bibliographic Output Style - allows you to select your referencing style