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EndNote Online (Web): Introduction to EndNote online (web)

Help with using EndNote Online

What is EndNote online (Web)

EndNote online (web) 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 online (web) library 
  • Store, organise and search for references in your EndNote online (web) library
  • Add citations to your word-processed document and create your bibliography in a number of citation styles

 Why use EndNote online (web)?

  • You need to provide accurate references to all the sources you use to avoid plagiarism - EndNote online (web) makes this easier!
  • Using EndNote online (web) ensures you cite your references in the correct style for your Department or purpose
  • It's free to use and you can continue to use the free basic version (not attached to the Strathclyde Web of Science subscription) when you leave Strathclyde.

How can I find out more?

  • Sign up to an EndNote Online Training Course via the Library Training Calendar.


Getting started

If you choose to use EndNote for future assignments, go through the exercises in the EndNote Online Getting started PDF above and  do the following:

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 online (Web) course

Library staff run regular courses on EndNote online (web). The course is a practical introduction that covers all functionality available in the programme.

Why you should reference

  • To avoid plagiarism - this is when you use someone's ideas or work without acknowledgment

  • To show the authority on which you base your arguments

  • To show how widely you have read

  • To enable others to find your sources

When should you reference?

You should include a reference every time you quote, paraphrase (i.e. write someone's information in your own words), summarise or gain ideas from another person's work.

You should include a reference no matter what format the work takes (e.g. web page, tweet, journal article, email or diagram).


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