EndNote - A guide from the Science Library

EndNote is a popular tool for reference management.
With this tool you can easily collect your references and format your reference lists.

The first time you use Endnote

If you are working on your own laptop or home computer or any computer outside the UiO network, you should first read Working from home.

Start EndNote. If you get a question about  'EndNote Web' click 'Cancel' in the bottom right corner.

You will then be given three options:

  • Learn about EndNote
  • Create a new Library
  • Open an existing Library

Choose "Create a new Library". Open the folder 'Documents' and save your EndNote library there. Give the library an appropriate name.

This library will be your personal and only library. You can organise and group your references according to your different projects.

You can make sure that your library is the one that opens automatically when you start EndNote, or open EndNote through Word. In order to do this, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Libraries  in the menu of EndNote. Where it says 'When EndNote starts', you can choose either:

  1. 'Open the most recently used library' to always open any library you just recently used, or:
  2. 'Open the specified libraries -> 'Add open library'. to alway open a specific library.

Click 'Ok' when you have made your choice to go back to your EndNote library.

Manually adding references

Most of the time you will add references to your library by downloading them from literature databases, but you can also add references automatically:

  1. Choose 'References' > 'New Reference'
  2. The  'Reference Type' can be changed in the drop-down menu. Default is 'Journal Article'.
  3. If more than one author,separate with line breaks. Use full first names if possible.
  4. If the author is an organization, write the name of the organization as a surname followed by a comma (e.g. 'Ministry of Education,').
  5. Use the full name of the journal.
  6. To save, close the record window.
  7. To open the record again, double click the reference.
  8. EndNote automatically makes auto-fill lists of authors, journals and keywords, under 'Tools' > 'Open Term Lists'. When you type in a word that doesn't exist in any list, it will appear in red.
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Published Mar. 6, 2013 9:18 PM - Last modified May 3, 2016 1:44 PM