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EndNote 20 Guide

Getting Started

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.

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.