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Reference Management: EndNote

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EndNote is available for free to all Duke University faculty, staff and students through Duke's Office of Information Technology (Duke OIT). 

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APA 7th Edition Style

  • Click here to go to Endnote
  • Download & save the APA 7th Edition style to your computer
  • Double-click the style file.  It should open in EndNote.
  • In EndNote, go to “File Menu” and choose “Save As”. 
  • Replace the word “copy” with your style’s name and click “Save”.
  • Click on “File Menu” and choose “Close Style”.

About EndNote

EndNote, a desktop-based program, is a sophisticated reference management tool.  EndNote is most useful for:

Organizing references

  • Find and eliminate duplicate references

  • Create Smart Groups to automatically sort your references

PDF management

  • Automatically creates references from PDFs stored on your computer

  • Find Full Text feature searches online for full text of references in your library

  • Annotate PDFs

Inserting citations into documents and creating bibliographies

  • Insert citations into word processing documents and PowerPoint presentations

  • Bibliography automatically created when you insert citations into documents

  • Create independent bibliographies for grant reports, CVs, etc.

  • Thousands of bibliographic styles

EndNote Tips


On a PC:

  • Click Edit >Preferences > Find Full Text 
  • Enter OpenURL Path:
  • Enter URL:
  • Click "OK" -> Close window

On a Mac:

  • Click EndNote > Preferences > Find Full Text Preferences
  • Enter OpenURL Path:
  • Enter URL:

Follow these set up steps each time you create a new EndNote library.

  1. Open EndNote
  2. Click File
  3. Click New
  4. Name the library & save it (default location is My Documents; do not save to the cloud/Box)
  5. Click Library
  6. Click Define Terms Lists
  7. Click Journals
  8. Click Import List
    1. PC users: opens new window (the Terms folder); double click on Medical
    2. Mac users: click on Applications > click EndNote > click Terms folder > double click on Medical
  9. Click Close to exit dialog box.
  • We recommend saving your EndNote library/libraries to your Documents folder.
  • Never store an EndNote library in a cloud-syncing system such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, SharePoint, or any similar services. These services will likely corrupt your EndNote library. 
  • Only compressed EndNote libraries with .enlx file names can be saved to the cloud or emailed. Those .enlx libraries should not be opened in the cloud; rather, right click to save/download to your desktop. 

To compress your EndNote library:

  • On a PC: File > Compressed EndNote library (save to your My Documents folder)
  • On a Mac: EndNote > Compressed EndNote library (save to your Documents folder)

If you have not already synced your EndNote desktop and online libraries, click the Sync button to sync for the first time. Note: we highly recommend you first create a compressed back up library first (File>Compress Library)

There are two options to share your library: using the group or library share features, or selecting references and exporting them as a .RIS text file that can be imported into another’s EndNote library or other citation management tools like Zotero. You can also create a back-up of your EndNote library by compressing it (file > compress library), which will create a .enlx archived copy of your main EndNote library. 

On a PC > Click Edit > Click Preferences    
On a Mac > Click EndNote > Click Preferences

  • Duplicates: make sure only Author, Year, Title are selected (uncheck "Reference Type")
  • Libraries: When EndNote starts > change to Do Nothing (this will allow you to select which EndNote library you want to choose)
  • PDF handling: Click PDF Handling >Change from “Don’t Rename” to “Author + Year + Title

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