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EndNote essentials: Set up EndNote

EndNote essentials

Set up EndNote

1.1 Download the EndNote software

The EndNote desktop software is installed on most computers at our Australian campuses and is also freely available for Australia-based Curtin students and staff to download to a personal computer. The program can be downloaded from the My Library tab in Student OASIS or by selecting the Home menu and Library services for staff in the Staff Portal. Click on Download EndNote for instructions on installing EndNote. The download differs between Windows and Mac so please select the relevant operating system when prompted.

1.2 Create an EndNote library

Once you have installed the program, you will need to create an EndNote library to store your references. Although you have the ability to create multiple libraries, it is highly recommended that you only create and work from one library to avoid unnecessary complications.

 

 

  1. Open the EndNote program from the Start menu (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac). If it is the first time you have opened the program you may be shown some advertising for products such as Kopernio and EndNote Online which can be ignored. You will also be shown the licence agreement which you will need to accept before you can use the program
  2. Select File and New...
  3. A New Reference Library box will appear
  4. Enter a name for your EndNote library in the File Name field (the default is My EndNote Library). If you are using a Mac, do not tick the Save as Package option
  5. Select the location where you would like to save the library on your computer (do not save to cloud syncing folders such as iCloud, Dropbox, One Drive etc. as doing this can corrupt your library over time)
  6. Click Save and the library will open in EndNote.

Your EndNote library consists of 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 will not work if the data folder is deleted or separated from the .enl file.

 

 
  Activity: Create an EndNote library and save to your computer

 

1.3 Navigate your EndNote library

  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

  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