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What is EndNote?

EndNote is:

  • a reference and image database - it stores and manages bibliographic references
  • a bibliography and manuscript maker - it creates bibliographies, inserts and formats citations, figures and tables in Microsoft Word with the Cite While You Write feature

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Obtaining and Installing EndNote

EndNote (PC and Mac versions) can be downloaded and installed from the UNSW IT Services website.

Student access    Staff access  

You will be required to enter your ZID and password to access the software page. If you have forgotten your password you can change it via the Identity Manager


Videos for both Windows and Mac can be found on YouTube


There are more than 500 output styles available in EndNote however there are also over 7,000 styles available from the EndNote website.

Styles for Australian journals and Harvard (Australian) style are available here. Search for Australian Style Manual

Why do I need filters or connection files?

Connection files enable EndNote to open, search, and import references from University library catalogues (such as the UNSW catalogue) and also from public library catalogues.

How do I find a connection file?

EndNote Connection Files include a full list of connection files.

Filters are used when importing saved records from a database search into Endnote when direct export is not available.

Where do I find filters?

Download Filters

EndNote Online is the web version of EndNote. Compared with the desktop version of EndNote, EndNote Online has similar, but more restricted, functionality. You can use EndNote Online to:

  • Store references online, 
  • Sync your EndNote desktop and online libraries, and
  • Share references with other people.

How to use EndNote Web

  1. Go to
  2. Sign up for an account. Once you sign up, you can use EndNote Web from any computer.

Important things to know....

  • EndNote libraries are made up of two parts: the .enl file and the .data folder. These two parts must be kept together; both are needed for the library to work correctly.
  • EndNote libraries should be kept on your computer's hard drive. Storing and editing libraries on a network drive can lead to corruption and performance issues.
  • EndNote libraries should never be stored in cloud-syncing folders such as DropBox, OneDrive, etc. Syncing folders corrupt EndNote libraries over time.

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