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What is EndNote & what does it do?

EndNote is a software application for managing citations (a.k.a. "references"). Its functionality is based on the creation of one or more "libraries," in which citations for journal articles, reports, books, websites and other information sources are collected and organized into groups, making them easy to find and insert into documents. EndNote is a product of the analytics firm, Clarivate, and is available in its "EndNote 20" desktop version through a site license covering all current students, staff and faculty at DePaul University.

How can EndNote help me?

Whenever you need to collect, organize, use or share multiple citations (e.g. when you're writing a paper), a citation manager, such as EndNote, allows you to...

  • collect and organize citations wherever, whenever, and however you find them
  • safely store and organize all your citations, making them easy to retrieve and re-use
  • automatically insert citations as you write your documents ("cite as you write")
  • automatically create reference lists (a.k.a. "bibliographies" or "sources cited") in your documents
  • format your citations accurately and in accordance with your required citation style (e.g. MLA, APA)
  • share and exchange citations with others involved in your research (e.g. collaborators, instructors)
  • preserve citations for future use beyond DePaul

Additional options and functionalities may be available, depending on which citation manager you choose to use (e.g. EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley). For more details, see: "EndNote vs. Other Citation Managers."




EndNote FAQs

This guide seeks to answer questions such as...

  • What is EndNote & what does it do?
  • Why would I need EndNote?
  • How can I access and install EndNote on my computer?
  • Do I need to customize my EndNote installation?
  • What alternatives to EndNote are available & how do they compare?
  • How can I get quick help from a librarian on using EndNote?
  • How can I get more in-depth training on EndNote?