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EndNote with Library Databases   Tags: citation manager, endnote, reference manager  

Last Updated: May 25, 2016 URL: Print Guide

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This guide to using EndNote will help you get started.  If you need more help, contact one of us:

Karen Vaughan

Miriam Bridges

Nancy Schafer



Use the HELP Options tab to get handouts, videos and other tools to help you with EndNote.


Note about Browsers

Use Mozilla Firefox with EndNote for Mac.


What is EndNote?

EndNote is a powerful tool for acquiring, organizing and managing references. You may acquire references in various ways:

  • Enter the reference manually
  • Search a library catalog directly through EndNote
  • Search a library database and export references directly into EndNote

You may attach articles, images, media and other files to the references and also add your own notes, thus creating an organized library. 

“Cite While You Write” is a feature that allows you to incorporate references from your EndNote library directly into a Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and references.

EndNote is just one of many commercial citation management programs.  At ODU, it's FREE

There are two versions: the desktop version that must be installed on your computer, and an online version that is available anywhere you are.


Do You Need EndNote?

EndNote is a very useful tool, especially if you plan to re-use your references for various projects, papers, articles, etc.

If you just need a quick citation to put in your paper, EndNote might be overkill!


News about EndNote

-- Current version is EndNote X7.
-- EndNote Web is now EndNote Online.
-- EndNote Basic is a new free version of EndNote.

See Chart of differences.


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