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Literature Searching: EndNote

What is EndNote?

EndNote is reference management software; it allows you to keep track of your citations, organise them into folders, and create references and bibliographies in your assignments, projects and research papers. Using EndNote will save you time and help organise your references for citing in your work.

With EndNote you can:

  • Create your own searchable library of citations
  • Export references from databases with ease as you search
  • Use 'Cite While You Write' in Microsoft Word (requires plug-in) - to insert references instantly, as you type
  • Store up to 10,000 records per EndNote Online account
  • Organise your references into groups for more efficient management
  • Share your EndNote Groups with other EndNote users
  • Quickly format references and bibliographies in your papers to conform to styles used by hundreds of different journals

Why EndNote?

EndNote is similar to Refworks and Zotero and other reference management software, but it allows you to produce bibliographies in a greater number of citation styles and allows greater customisation; particularly regarding the required use of the Harvard (BourneU) style.

How do I get an EndNote Online account?

EndNote Online is a popular reference management tool, recommended for use by students at AECC University College.

On campus, visit: and complete the form to register for an account.
Once you have registered you can start using EndNote Online immediately.
Staff can get EndNote (desktop) installed on their work PC; please ask IT if this has not already been installed on your PC.

If you would like a personal copy of EndNote you can download a 30-day trial version from the EndNote website, or buy it, at a discount, from Bilaney Consultants.

Studying at a distance?
If you are on a distance-based course you can create an account when you next visit AECC University College. If you are not able to do this for sometime, please contact us.

In Action: EndNote Access from the Web

There is also a more in-depth EndNote Online Essentials tutorial available on the EndNote Training YouTube channel.

How to use EndNote X9 in Six Minutes: Windows

EndNote (desktop) is available for use by staff at AECC University College.

EndNote Online tutorials and help

There are some excellent tutorials on how to get started with EndNote on the EndNote website and EndNote Training YouTube Channel.

You can also chat with an expert or submit an inquiry on the EndNote support website if you need any help using EndNote.

EndNote X9 (desktop) tutorials and help

The EndNote website contains tutorials on EndNote X9 for both Windows and Mac users, including a guided tour, a guide to the menus, a How-To Book, guidance on storage, and FAQs.

Cite While You Write

The following PDF documents produced by EndNote show how to download the Cite While You Write plug-in and how to use it: