EndNote: Referencing Software

EndNote is a citation and reference management tool that allows to collect citation information for articles, conference proceedings, websites, books, multimedia, interview, presentation, podcast, unpublished works etc. This tool provides facilities to organize and add notes to the collected citations, and share grouped citations with others. The EndNote plugin for Microsoft Word allows to easily add references to Word documents and format citations in common citation styles. EndNote Online (also called EndNote Web or EndNote Basic) is the web-based version of this tool, and one can register for a free account using the link below.

Collecting Citations

Most citations needed to add to  the EndNote will be imported from online resources or a literature database. In most databases, there is an Export option with the various file format of the save option. This export option will generate a file that needs to be imported into EndNote. RIS is the most common format which is supported by a number of citation and reference managers (Software). RIS is a standardized tag format developed by Research Information Systems, Incorporated to enable citation programs to exchange data. The example below is from the North South University Library EBSCOHost Research Database Search.

When importing citations, one needs to choose the Import Option, which is generally a database file that is exported. Alternately, there is an option to directly export citation data to the EndNote Web.

Export and Save citation data:

Save data to a desired location:

For files exported from the EBSCOhost Research Database, browse to select the file and use the RefMan RIS option. You may import the file to your desired location.

1 reference imported.

Organizing Citations

In EndNote, citations are organized into groups. One can add citations directly to groups when importing, or later from the list of references. Select articles and use the “Add to group” menu to add citations to an existing group or to create a new group.


Share Citations

Once citations are organized into groups, individual groups can be shared with other EndNote Online users for collaborative/group projects. Sharing can be turned on in the Manage My Groups menu. Use the Manage Sharing button to add the email addresses of those you would like to share that folder with. Shared groups will display a people icon next to them.

Cite While You Write

The Cite While Your Write (CWYW) plugin for Microsoft Word (Windows and Mac) is a tool that adds references to your paper, automatically creating in-text citations and a bibliography in the citation style of your choosing. You may download Cite While You Write tool from the Download menu of EndNote.

You may insert citations and references through the following EndNote menu

The guide below will walk you through the overall functionality of EndNote online to sign in to your EndNote account in Word, how to change citation styles, how to insert a citation, how to edit citations, and how to convert to plain text when you have finished your paper.


Connect to EndNote and collect citation through CWYW

Please, see the overview video linked below for connecting EndNote online and collecting citation through EndNote CWYW tool.

EndNote Support

Following is the full Table of Contents of EndNote Online help documents

If you need further help contact the University Librarian.


This guide has been adapted from the Drexel University Library EndNote Libguide.

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