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Endnote (online version)

Manage your references and format reference lists in Word documents.

Note about Endnote

Known issue with Endnote 20 and Endnote Online in January 2024

Since 1 January 2024, the new Endnote Online portal only works with a subscription to Endnote 21. UniSC Library is currently testing Endnote 21, which may resolve the issue. The rollout date of the latest version has not been set.

Newly upgraded to or installed of Endnote 20 cannot Sync nor connect to Endnote Online. This issue limits the space on how big the library can be, back up, and sharing functions.

What is EndNote Online?

EndNote Online is a bibliographic citation manager.

What does that mean?

A bibliographic citation is any reference to a book, journal article, video, or other source that you might use in an academic paper or article. EndNote Online allows you to manage those citations by saving, organizing, and formating them into a bibliography or reference list in your assignment.

What will it do for me?

  • Imports sets of references found in database searches
  • Inserts references into your assignment and automatically formats them in the correct style
  • Allows you to share sets of references with others (great for group assignments)

What won't it do?

  • It won't teach you how to reference correctly; you need to know how to do that before using any citation manager
  • It won't make a correct reference if you enter incorrect data, or enter it in the wrong place

Should I use it?

  • If you do not use many references it might be easier to type them in manually
  • Endnote is a computer program and it does take  a little time to learn and gain proficiency so you must decide if it will be worth the effort
  • It is most likely to be useful to 2nd, 3rd or later year students writing assignments with substantial numbers of references.
  • Honours and research postgraduate students should consider using the desktop version of Endnote (download the installer software from the Installation page) rather than (or as well as) Endnote (online) as it has some useful extra features

EndNote desktop vs. EndNote online

EndNote (desktop) is a software program for referencing which is installed on a computer. EndNote (online or Basic) is the web version of that software and requires no downloading or installation (aside from the optional plugins). UniSC students and staff can use EndNote Basic freely, but if you leave the University your Endnote basic access will cease to work with UniSC resources.

UniSC also has a software site licence for the installed version of Endnote and it is pre-installed on all Library (and many other computer lab) PCs.

It is easy to export/import sets of references in either direction between Endnote (online) and Endnote desktop using Endnote's Sync function.

NOTE: The Library provides installed Endnote software to all UniSC staff and students but only provides personal support for Endnote X9 / 20 to honours students, research postgraduates and staff.

Undergraduates should use Endnote Online on their personal computers, but may use either Endnote or Endnote (online) on UniSC campus computers.

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