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EndNote Desktop: Introduction to EndNote Desktop

Help with using EndNote Desktop

EndNote 21

EndNote 21 for both Windows and Mac is available to download for free from the Available Licensed Software section of Pegasus for University of Strathclyde staff and students. For more information on EndNote 21 see the Clarivate EndNote LibGuide and their EndNote Training Videos.

What is EndNote Desktop?

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What is EndNote?

EndNote is reference management software designed to make your academic life a little easier by allowing you to build a collection of references for your research. It can help take the stress out of referencing properly, helping you organise your lists of references and create bibliographies. It allows you to :

  • Find and import references downloaded from library catalogues and databases directly into your own personal EndNote library
  • Store, organise and search for references in your EndNote library
  • Add citations to your word-processed document and create your bibliography in a number of citation styles

Why use EndNote?

  • You need to provide accurate references to all the sources you use to avoid plagiarism - EndNote makes this easier!
  • Using EndNote ensures you cite your references in the correct style for your School or purpose

How can I find out more?

  • Look at our guides or sign up to an EndNote workshop


EndNote Desktop course

Library staff run regular courses on EndNote Desktop. The course is a practical introduction that covers all functionality available in the programme. You can find out more and book your EndNote place online.

Which version of EndNote should I use?

Both EndNote Online and EndNote desktop are free for Strathclyde staff and students.

EndNote Online should offer enough functionality for undergraduates and taught postgraduates. It is cloud based so you can use it from anywhere. You can continue to use it after you leave Strathclyde: your will have an EndNote basic account which has a smaller number of styles. You just need to change your email address to a personal email address within EndNote Online. You can sync between EndNote Online and EndNote desktop so the same references will be in both.

EndNote desktop offers greater functionality for research postgraduates and staff though all Strathclyde staff and students can use it. You download the software so this will require space on your computer. If you leave Strathclyde, you need to purchase a copy or remove it from your machine.

EndNote website

For more information on EndNote, including training videos and FAQs, see the EndNote product website, provided by Clarivate Analytics.



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This guide has been adapted with kind permission, from the Newcastle University EndNote Libguide.