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EndNote X7/X8 (and earlier editions)   Tags: bibliographic manager, citations, how_to  

These instructions were written as a short introduction to using EndNote X3, but have been updated continuously to reflect changes to X8.
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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EndNote is a program for managing references.
Use it to:

  • Organize References
  • Create Bibliographies
  • Insert and format citations in papers

Continue reading the box below to learn more about EndNote [desktop version]

EndNote Web is the online component of EndNote. It has similar functions, although it is much more limited and not as robust as the desktop version of EndNote.  Students, faculty and staff can create an account.  At this time we do not offer assistance in EndNote Web's use, except for sharing references.

For additional information, and how to create an EndNote Web account, select the Sharing References tab at the top of the page).



Downloading EndNote X8  (Desktop):
It is available free of charge to CSUS students, faculty and staff from the campus software download page under T, Thomson Reuters EndNote 

Here is a link to EndNote's page on Compatibility. Please read it before downloading.

MAC Users please read the information in the MAC tab before downloading.

If you are upgrading from an earlier version of EndNote EndNote recommends uninstalling earlier versions. Click here for more information.


Where to Get Help

Don't get discouraged if it takes a little while to get comfortable using EndNote. With a little practice it isn't difficult, and there are many resources available for help and information.

Or contact  Debbie Metzger   278-7509


Frequently Asked Questions

I'm having problems  exporting citations with my Mac computer....

Make sure you are using Firefox as your browser.

Should I use one library file for all my references, or separate libraries for different projects?

It may be easiest to use one library for everything and set up a separate group of references for each project, but it's entirely up to you.  EndNote works fine with multiple library files.

I already have a long bibliography that I typed in Word. Can I convert it to an EndNote library?

Unfortunately there's no easy way to do this automatically. The best way is to search for your references online (if possible) and download them into EndNote.

How do I download search results from my favorite database into EndNote?

Every database works a little differently. In general, the procedure is:

  1. Search the database as usual.
  2. Choose the references you want to save.
  3. Use the database's Save or Export function.  There's often a choice to export to EndNote, or save references in a text file that EndNote can read via Import on the File menu.

I tried using EndNote's Online Search feature to search a database, but it asks for a password.

Online Search works best with library catalogs like OneSearch Library Catalog Local Library collection or free databases such as Pubmed.  Most databases work best by exporting from your browser rather than using EndNote's Online Search function.

How do I add page numbers to an in-text citation?

Right-click the formatted citation and choose "Edit Citation" from the menu. Fill in the page numbers (including spaces and punctuation) in the "Pages" field, click OK, then reformat your bibliography.

I installed EndNote, but it says it's a demo version that will expire soon. How do I install the full version?

This usually happens when the files from EndNote's installation package were not extracted properly. You will need to uninstall the demo version, then reinstall the program.  Be sure to first Save the program, then Open or Run.


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