Getting started with EndNote X9 desktop

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Reference management tools enable you to collect, store, organise and format your references in one place. They allow you to produce bibliographies easily, in a variety of referencing styles. In this post we will explore one of the main reference management tools, EndNote.

Installing EndNote desktop

EndNote Desktop software is now available to Staff and Students of the University of Manchester to download from the University’s Electronic Software Delivery System (ESD). This software is not only for installation on University owned machines but also extends to personally owned devices of staff and students for free. If you have any issues with software installation please contact IT services.

Registering for EndNote online

Once you have EndNote installed you will need to register for an account. This will enable you to use EndNote seamlessly online and across various machines. Watch the video below for instructions on how to register:

In this video you will learn how to register form an EndNote account via the Web of Science database.

Creating your EndNote library

Once you are registered you will need to set a library to gather, store and organise your references. It’s recommended that you only create one library as it is easier to keep track of your references in one library instead of multiple libraries. To organise your library you can use the groups & smart groups options. Watch the video below to find out how to create a library:

In this video you will how to create a new library in EndNote desktop.


In this post we have covered all the essentials for getting started with EndNote desktop. Further support for referencing and EndNote can be found below.

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