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EndNote 20: Desktop: Home

Desktop citation management software helps you organize your research and manage your references

What is EndNote?

Enendnote logodNote is a citation management software designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and journal articles. EndNote allows you to create your own personal Library of citations by importing references from online databases.  When writing papers, EndNote will automatically format inline citations and bibliographies with the correct citation style (APA, AMA, etc.)  If you already have a personal license to the software, you can easily upgrade to the most recent software version from the library license.  When you graduate from or leave the University, you still retain the rights to the version you have a personal license to. 

There are two options for EndNote at DMU:

Option 1: EndNote Basic (no desktop component to install)

  • The free version of EndNote is appropriate for most students and will enable you to share folders and references with users who have the full, paid version of the product. Everyone can start using the free, online version of Endnote Basic at any time. 

Option 2: EndNote Desktop

  • The desktop version also synchronizes to an online library; both can contain unlimited references and unlimited attachments.
  • Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iPad through EndNote sync. 

Key Features of Both Desktop and Online Basic

  • 6,000+ predefined citation styles, including APA, AMA, and Vancouver
  • Share references with collaborators
  • Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.

This guide is organized to help you learn about EndNote desktop step-by-step. We recommend that you review each tab above in order. 

How Do I Get EndNote Desktop?

EndNote 20

The newest version of Endnote jumped the numbering queue from 9 all the way to 20. But don't let the numbering fool you - this is mostly a cosmetic upgrade to the desktop version of the software and not a major upgrade. For the early adopters, please contact the library for the installers and license keys. For more cautious types, check the comments on the support blog to learn from the experience of others.

Learn to Use EndNote 20 in 7 minutes

New to EndNote? This video will help you get started  on your PC computer. MAC (IOS) will be available later in the year.

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