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EndNote X8: 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.

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.

Download Endnote


For Murdoch University staff and students only.

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

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.

Which version of Endnote should I use?

Murdoch IT Services are currently providing the following versions of the EndNote software:

  • EndNote X8 for Mac
  • EndNote X8 for Windows

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.

Please check the system requirements to see if your device is compatible.

Teach yourself EndNote

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