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EndNote - Basic (Online) & Desktop

This guide contains information on the citation management tool EndNote. Content references both the Basic (Online/Free) version and the Desktop (Paid) version.

Alert: EndNote Cite While You Write and new Word versions

Occasionally EndNote Cite While You Write Plugin updates do not keep up with new versions of Word. EndNote Online can be used format your papers until a patch is available. You can also use this technique if you are using Office 365.  All that is required is that the document be saved in the .rtf (Rich Text Format).


What is EndNote Online?

  • A web-based program that allows you to store, edit, and manage citations.
  • Citations from many databases may be imported into your online account directly or from saved files of references.
  • Works with Microsoft Word (requires free Cite While You Write plug-in) to allow you to automatically create in-text citations and bibliographies in a choice of publishing styles.
  • Allows online sharing of folders of citations for collaborative projects.
  • Available in 3 levels of features:
 User Type     Records Allowed  Attachments

Access to Styles,

Filters, Connection Files



50,000 2G


(21 most popular styles)

Web of Science Subscribers 

(log in via the link below or from within Web of Science) 

50,000 2G all available

Desktop EndNote Owners

(sync to EndNote Basic account from within EndNote)

unlimited unlimited all available

Create An Account

Go to

Sign up for an account from a computer on campus or by clicking the link above.  You can use any email address with your EndNote Basic account.  By signing up on a campus, via the link above or from within Web of Science, you will have roaming access for a full year before having to re-authenticate your account.

EndNote Basic home screen


Explore the EndNote Basic Interface

 EndNote Basic tools

In order for EndNote Web to work with Microsoft Word, you must download the Cite While You Write plug-in.

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