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EndNote 20 Guide

EN Online

What is EndNote Online?

EndNote Online is the online counterpart to EndNote desktop and it can be used to enhance the usability of the desktop version.

Using EndNote Online allows you to:

  • Make your EndNote Desktop library available online via your EndNote Online library ("Synching" your libraries)
  • Save online references from databases and library catalogues into your EndNote library (direct export)
  • Manually enter references
  • Import references in a plain text file
  • Organise references into groups
  • Share groups with other users of EndNote Online

The 3 main advantages of using the desktop and online versions together are:

  • Search and download references from Murdoch's databases and e-collections
  • Share references with colleagues
  • Access and manage your research from anywhere

For help: EndNote Online Help

Setting up EndNote Online

  • Go to
  • Click “Register”
  • Enter your details, then click “Register”
  • Go to your email to confirm your registration
  • Open EndNote Desktop
  • Click the ‘Sync Status' Button 
  • Select Sync now
  • You will be prompted to enter your EndNote Online account details

To sync an existing EndNote Online account with EndNote Desktop:

  • In EndNote Desktop, go to Edit > Preferences
  • Select 'Sync' in the Preference menu
  • Enter the email address and password associated with your EndNote Online account, and click OK. 
  • Click the Sync Status Button

Syncing EndNote Desktop and Online

To enable syncing between your EndNote desktop and your EndNote online account, you must have registered for an EndNote web account and have syncing enabled on your EndNote desktop version.

If you meet both of these conditions, click Sync Status icon  in the toolbar and the sync should occur automatically.

If you have an EndNote web account and your desktop library is not automatically syncing to it, you need to set your Syncing Preferences:

  1. In EndNote desktop, click Edit, then Preferences.
  2. Make sure your login details for EndNote web are entered, then click Enable Sync.
  3. If you wish to sync your desktop and online libraries automatically (every 15 minutes), then tick the Sync Automatically box.