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EndNote (EN) Guide


Downloading Output Styles

Output styles determine the appearance of references in a bibliography. EndNote has over 4,500 output styles, around 500 of which are supplied with the software. If you haven’t found the style you need, you can download the complete set or choose individual styles from the EndNote Output styles website.

To download a style and add it to EndNote:

  • Search for the style you require in the search box and click Search.
  • Click Download and then open the file you have downloaded. This will open the style in EndNote.
  • In EndNote go to File > Save As... Remove the word 'copy' and click Save, then click File > Close Style.

To locate your downloaded style in EndNote:

  • Click on the down arrow below References > Select Another Style.
  • Scroll through the list to find your style. Select it and click Choose.

Troubleshooting tips

  • If you have trouble downloading a style, try a different browser.
  • You must save the style files in the correct folder where your copy of EndNote has been installed.
  • If you are having problems with existing styles in EndNote you may need to update these files.Follow the directions above to download a new copy of the style file.
  • For further information go to EndNote Help 

A note on Australian Output Styles

Australian Output Styles site contains bibliographic styles for several Australian journals that you would need to conform to for your article or manuscript submission if you want to publish in that journal. Although some of these styles are found on, not all of them are.

Journal title abbreviations (Vancouver style)

The Vancouver style requires the use of specific Journal title abbreviations. EndNote refers to these as ‘term lists’, which need to be added separately.

To upload a terms list:

  • Go to Tools > Open Term Lists > Journal Terms List
  • If there are existing terms, select all the existing terms (use Ctrl+A), and click Delete Term
  • Switch to the Lists tab and click Import List…
  • Double-click the ‘Medical’ file.
  • This will begin the import. Click OK when done
  • You should now see all the journal abbreviations in the term list.

Adding references to EndNote from a Word document

(The contents of this page have been adapted from the University of Western Australia by permission.)

A frequently-asked EndNote question is: "I already have my references in a bibliography that I typed in Word. Can I transfer these references to EndNote?"

It is difficult to import references from Word into EndNote, and not recommended. Rather, you should be using the methods previously discussed: manual entry, or exporting from databases or Library Search.

However, there may be partial solutions to help with this, including the use of other citation-management software such as Zotero (in combination with CrossRef) or WizFolio.

Zotero and CrossRef method

  1. Install Zotero.
  2. Go to CrossRef and paste your bibliography into the query box. You will need to register for a CrossRef account.
  3. Extract the references using Zotero
  4. Export the references from Zotero to EndNote.

Other methods

For Apple Macintosh

Install Ref2RIS to convert your bibliography into the RIS format, and edit it. Then import the RIS file into EndNote.