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Getting Started with EndNote

Saving your EndNote Library

EndNote automatically saves references as you add them to your Library so you do not need to save your library each time you exit the program. However, it is advisable to save a back up library in a separate location (such as to a USB) so that you don't lose all your work if you encounter issues with the program or your computer.

Important note

Do not save your working EndNote Library into cloud-syncing folders such as iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox etc. Saving to cloud services can corrupt your library over time.

Saving a backup

‚ÄčTo save a compressed library file in your USB:

  1. Go to File and select Compressed Library (.enlx)
  2. In the dialogue box that appears, you can choose to either Create or Create & Email
  3. Select whether to create With File Attachments or Without File attachments
  4. Click Next (PC) or OK (Mac) and save it at your desired location. 
  5. If you selected the Create & Email option, your default email system will be launched with the compressed library file attached to it.

Clicking on the saved library (has an .enlx file extension indicating that it is a compressed library) will split it to an .enl file (uncompressed library) and the .Data folder.

Important note

When saving your library it will be useful to include the date the backup was done e.g. Sample library backup 010219. For subsequent backups, overwrite the previous backup library with the new date. 

Working between different computers

You have your main library on your home computer. You are now at University and you have added some references into another EndNote library. Save this new library as a compressed file to your USB.

Back on your home computer you can merge this library on the USB into your main home library. Open the .enlx file on your USB (this will split into a .enl library and a .Data folder).

To merge both libraries:

  1. Open your home library
  2. From the File menu, select Import and File…
  3. At Import File: click on Choose… and navigate to the EndNote library on your USB and choose .enl file
  4. Click Open
  5. At Import Option: select EndNote Library
  6. At Duplicates select Discard Duplicates and then click on Import