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EndNote (EN) Guide

Getting Started

EndNote 20

This EndNote guide is based on EndNote 20

Only continuing students who have already commenced theses or other major works should continue to use EndNote X9.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a software application for storing, managing, searching and sharing your references.

EndNote can help you:

  • Manage your references
  • Add citations in Word documents
  • Add bibliographies in Word documents
  • Format references in the appropriate style
  • Share your references with others

EndNote allows you to format your citations and references by arranging data in your EndNote library into various templates. However, EndNote will not correct your references if the data itself is wrong. You need to know how to use your required referencing style correctly before using any citation manager.

For guidance on various referencing styles, please go to our referencing guide.

Murdoch University has a license to EndNote, which allows you to download a copy to your own device for your research and study.

You can access a PDF copy of our EndNote Training Guide below. Please consult the training guide first; if you have more specific issues please contact a librarian through our Ask a Librarian page.

Create a new library

The first time you use EndNote, you will need to create a library to store your data.

To create an EndNote library:

  • Click File > New
  • Navigate to the location where you will save your library (the best place is your Documents file)

Note: Do not save it on to a USB drive or in a cloud drive such as Dropbox or iCloud – these are fine to store backups but not working libraries

  • Give your library a unique name (i.e. not the default My EndNote Library) and click Save.

This will create two files with the same name:

  • A library file (.enl)
  • A folder of data files (.data).

Both files need to be in the same location for EndNote to work correctly.

Note: It is strongly recommended that you keep all your references together in one EndNote library, rather than create multiple libraries. This will avoid problems when writing papers or moving files between computers.

Download EndNote 20

EndNote 20 is available for all Murdoch University staff and students to download here:

Please Note: EndNote 20 Mac is currently not available.

Link below is for EndNote 20 Windows version:

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

For help with installing EndNote, please contact Murdoch IT Services:


EndNote training sessions

Previewing your output (reference) and selecting your referencing style

In the Preview section of the Summary tab on the Reference panel, you can see how the reference would look in a document, using the referencing style of your choice.

To select your required referencing style:

  • Select the appropriate style in the toolbar under Tools > Output Styles
  • If the style you need is not available, click ‘Open Style Manager…’
    • Select the style you want to add
    • Click Choose.

To see a preview of the reference in that style:

  • Click on the Reference, and select ‘Summary’ in the panel on the right. The Reference preview will display on the bottom right.