It is highly recommended that you make a back-up copy of your EndNote library to guard against damage/loss. This also enables you take your EndNote library with you to another location and to email part or all of your library to your colleagues.
Your library in EndNote comprises a .enl file and a .DATA folder which holds various files connected with the library.
Both Save a Copy and saving your library as a compressed library includes the .DATA folder.
Use these 2 different methods for different purposes:
Save as a compressed library file to your USB for moving between computers or sharing your library:
To restore your compressed library file:
Note: EndNote libraries are compatible across platforms - you can create your library on a MAC, save it as a compressed library on a USB then open it on a PC (and vice-versa).
Save a Copy of your library on a different drive or USB as a back-up at a specific point in time.
When you open your EndNote library you will see the different parts of each reference displayed under headings such as Author, Year, Title, Journal etc. Clicking on any of these headings enables you to order your references via this part either alphabetically or chronologically.
To make other changes to the EndNote display in the main library window:
In EndNote, you can mark your references as read by clicking on the grey dot which will un-bold the reference (to reverse simply click on the dot again):
To give your references star ratings: Highlight the reference then click in the Rating column to rate the reference with between 1 and 5 stars.
You can search your library for all references of a certain rating:
To set EndNote preferences to automatically eliminate duplicate references retrieved from an online search:
1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Duplicates
2. Tick the box Automatically Discard Duplicates > OK
1. Highlight the reference you want to delete.
2. Go to References > Move References to Trash.
This guide has been based, with permission, on the guide created by the King Edward Memorial Hospital Library.