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EndNote: Introduction

Guide to using EndNote at Murdoch University

What is Endnote?


EndNote is a specialised database program for storing and managing bibliographic references. It allows you to:

  • Create a database or 'library' of references, PDF's and images.
  • Search and download references from electronic databases and library catalogues.
  • Store downloaded PDFs with their relevant references.
  • Insert in-text citations into your thesis, assignments, publications, etc.
  • Generate bibliographies in specific styles with the click of a button.
  • Share your library or group of references with your research colleagues.

Help - teach yourself documentation

Endnote X8 - The Little EndNote How-To Book

EndNote X7 Menus Reference Guide

EndNote Windows User Guide (Windows & Mac)

EndNote X7 Getting Started Guide for Windows

EndNote X7 Getting Started Guide for MacIntosh

EndNote Youtube training videos

EndNote comes with a very comprehensive Help file. From the main screen click on the   icon or Help > Contents (or press F1 on keyboard)

which will open this screen from which to search for help.

Download Endnote


For Murdoch University staff and students only.

You will be asked to login with your Murdoch login details.

View system requirements


For help with installing EndNote, please contact Murdoch IT Services, either by phone 9360 2000, emailing or in person at the IT Service Desk, inside the Murdoch University Library entrance off Bush Court at the South Street Campus.

Video - EndNote overview

Video produced and kindly shared by EndNote Training

Which version of Endnote should I use?

Murdoch IT Services are currently providing version X7 of the EndNote software.

We recommend that you upgrade to this version unless you are in the process of completing your thesis or other documentation using an earlier version of the software.

What won't EndNote do?

It is important to have a good understanding of the principles of referencing before using EndNote. If your calculator tells you 1+1=5, you have to know enough maths to recognize there is a problem. Likewise, it is important to understand the principles of referencing.

EndNote won't teach you how to reference correctly, you need to know how to do that before using any citation manager.


This guide has been based, with permission, on the guide created by the King Edward Memorial Hospital Library.