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What is EndNote?




(Note: Some images on this guide may be from previous versions of EndNote. However, the features detailed in the image are in the same place on the program and operate in the same way.)

EndNote is a citation management software program designed to help researchers organize and manage their bibliographies. You can use it to do the following:

  • Export citations from various databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, PubMed, Google Scholar)
  • Format citations in various citation styles (e.g. APA 7th edition, Chicago 17th Footnote)
  • Organize references (e.g. by class, subject, research project)
  • Format bibliographies and in-text citations in papers

The university has migrated to EndNote 21 for citation management. The interface is essentially the same as EndNote 20 but there are some differences from versions X9 or older.

Questions? Please see the information below:

Where do I get EndNote 21?

On university owned devices (faculty & staff) – Contact your department's ITC and ask that EndNote 21 is pushed out to your device.

On personal devices (students or faculty, staff using personal devices) – Download here

What are the differences between EndNote X9, 20, & 21?

Please see this quick comparison between the current and two older iterations

What if I am happy using EndNote 20 or older?

This is fine! You can reach out to us for help navigating the program or other user issues. For any technical problems requiring a new download, please be advised that we will help you migrate to the current platform under license with the university.

Want to schedule an appointment for help installing or using the EndNote?

Reach out to one of us here:

Downloading EndNote

EndNote is freely available to download for Sac State students, faculty, and staff through IRT, for PC and Mac.

NOTE: If you are upgrading from an older version of EndNote, EndNote recommends backing up any existing EndNote files and uninstalling any older versions prior to installing the newer version. Please see the link below for more information. 

Last Updated: Jul 9, 2024 2:22 PM