What is EndNote?
EndNote is citation management software that allows users to create their own "library" of references gathered from bibliographic databases, web sites, or other sources. A user can then edit, append, and format these references and create bibliographies or share the references with others.
This guide is intended to supplement the help pages provided by CUS.In addition to this guide, there are many options for help with EndNote, including an excellent guide that comes with the software.
If you are having trouble downloading, installing or using the software with Word or LaTeX, talk to CUS.
If you are having trouble importing references, choosing a format, or searching a database, talk to your Subject Librarian.
Get EndNote Software
Reed College has a site license for EndNote citation management software. You'll find a copy of EndNote on library and ETC computers. You're also permitted to download a copy of EndNote on a Reed or personal computer.
For more information, see CUS's EndNote Installation.
If you have trouble downloading of installing EndNote, please contact the CUS Help Desk.
Creating a Library
In EndNote, you'll first need to create a "library," or a folder to hold your citations.
When you first open endnote, you can do this by clicking on "Create a New Library" from the "Getting Started with EndNote" window. After your initial use, you can create libraries from EndNote File menu.
Name your library something you will remember & be sure to put it in a location that you back up frequently. Notice the "Save as Package" option. This option merges the two files that EndNote normally creates (a .enl file and a .data folder) into one file. This makes backing up your library much easier (you only have to keep track of one file!) but there have been reports of the "Packaged Files" crashing EndNote and/or Word, so test the files before you add a number of references to your library.