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EndNote Help & Installation


This guide will help you get started. If you need more help, contact: Miriam Bridges

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a powerful tool for acquiring, organizing and managing references. You may add references to your EndNote reference library in a variety of ways:

  • Enter the reference manually
  • Search a library catalog directly through EndNote
  • Search a library database and export references directly into EndNote
  • Import a PDF (with a DOI)

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 we have a site license, which means it's FREE for use by ODU faculty, staff, and registered students. 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 are writing a dissertation or thesis or are involved in some other major research project,  or if you plan to re-use your references for other projects, papers, articles, etc.

If you just need a quick citation to put in your paper, EndNote might be more than you need.

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