By this is meant a collection of references which you can easily insert into your Word document and automatically create a bibliography (reference list) at the end of that document. All will be handled according to the reference style of your choice, say APA or Vancouver, or any of a thousand others to choose from (see more on this in the chapter Output styles).
References can be created manually, imported into EndNote by the Online Search function, or exported from a bibliographic database, such as Cinahl, Academic Search, Business Source Premier, LIBRIS etc. You may also add additional information to each reference, like keywords, notes and abstracts, and full text PDF documents.
Your library is made up of two separate files: one with the file extension .enl and one with the file extension .Data. These two files always go together, so when you are copying your library, always remember to copy both the .enl file and the .Data file, or better yet, use the Compressed Library (.enlx) function.
You can create a new library from the EndNote menu by choosing File > New
The next step is to choose where to save the library and what to call it. By default, it will be saved to either the C or G drive of your computer, depending on whether you have had your EndNote installed on your personal computer (like a laptop or at home) or the computer at your work (within the University network). EndNote will automatically assign it to the right drive and the Documents file. It will also, by default, save it under the name My EndNote Library and with the file extension .enl. You are of course free to change the name to wathever you want, but let the file extension remain the same: John Doe.enl. Here are the differences between using C drive or G drive:
C drive - try to avoid saving your EndNote library solely on your C drive since, should your computer crash your library will be lost
G drive - this is the university network drive and anything saved here will also be saved on the university server and thus will work as a backup copy
Please note! Don't save your EndNote library on OneDrive, or in other cloud-syncing folders such as Google Drive, Box, Sharepoint, iCloud etc. since this will eventually lead to library corruption because of the way the cloud services synchronize files over the Internet.
N.B.! It is advisable to create only one library. Within this library you can then create your own groups in order to easily manage all your references (more on this in the Groups section of this guide). Also, be sure to make backup copies of your library regularly, in case something really bad happens to your computer (see Compressed files).
This is what your library looks like when opened in EndNote. In the example below, I have already collected a number of references and created a number of so-called Group Sets (headings) and Groups (folders). The main part of what you see consists of three panels:
In the left, blue panel, you see all the folders and any of your chosen Online Search databases (more on this in the section Online search):
In the middle panel, you see the references in the folder that you currently have marked, whether it be the whole library (All references), newly imported references (Unfiled) or any of the sub groups (folders under the Group Sets). If you click on any particular reference it will be blue-marked and information about it will be displayed in the right pane (see below). Above the references there is a search window from which you can search among all references in your library. You may search in all fields or define specific fields such as Author, or Title in the drop down lists on the left of the search fields. You may also add several additional search fields by clicking the + to the right.
The right panel consists of mainly three tabs: Reference, Preview, and Attached PDFs: