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EndNote 20 (desktop)

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Before you start

Installing EndNote

IMPORTANT! Before installing EndNote be sure to shut down all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook. etc.). The reason for this is that EndNote will also download the Word plug-in program Cite-While-You-Write (CWYW) and it will be installed into Word the next time you start that program.

Download the EndNote program through the Software Center.
This can be found on your desktop (shortcut)
 software center icon 
or under the Windows start button.
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[search for] Software Center  > Software Center > [search for] EndNote > [click on] EndNote 20

On a Mac, go through FileWave.   

Where to store EndNote

IMPORTANT! Your EndNote library should preferably be kept in your Documents folder. Do not store your EndNote Library in cloud storage such as Box, DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, Sharepoint, or One Drive, since this will eventually corrupt your EndNote library.  This is because of the way cloud services synchronize files over the Internet.

By default, EndNote will be saved to either the C or G drive of your computer, depending on whether you have installed the program on your personal computer (like on a laptop or at home) or on work computer (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 can change the name to wathever you want, but let the file extension remain the same, such as thesis project.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

IMPORTANT! 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 must always be 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 see (Making a backup).


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IMPORTANT! It is advisable to create only one library. Within this library you can create groups in order to organize all your references (see Organizing references). Also, be sure to make backup copies of your library regularly (see Making a backup).