EndNote reference management software

EndNote is a powerful research tool which helps you to manage your references, facilitate your research and is adaptable to suit your workflows.

EndNote is a bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Import references from databases, journals and text files
  • Import PDF files to create references
  • Search databases from within EndNote
  • Search your own references
  • Insert citations into your documents
  • Generate a bibliography in over 4500 styles
  • Customise output styles
  • Insert figures or tables into your document

Endnote support

How to access EndNote

EndNote software may be freely installed on any Imperial-owned or operated machine but all installations must be licensed. During the download process you will be asked to accept the licensing agreement and installation requires administrator permissions.

To download a copy of EndNote:

The latest version is EndNote X8. Please note that our support is for latest version of EndNote. If you require help or support using a previous version please contact your Subject Librarian. You can also upgrade EndNote X8: to do so you will need to follow the links to request a copy.

  • For staff and PhD students:
    Please go to ICT free software for staff. Please note it can only be installed on any imperial-owned or operated machine.
  • For students:  
    Please go to ICT discounted software for students

Useful downloads

  • Connection files contain all the information necessary for EndNote to search and import references from an online database, and book references from Imperial College Library. Save files in C:\Program Files\EndNote X8\Connections.
  • Import filters are files used by EndNote to transfer references previously downloaded from an online database and saved as a text file. Save files in C:\Program Files\EndNote X8\Filters.
  • Output styles - over 4500 are available from the EndNote website. Save files in C:\Program Files\EndNote X8\Styles.

Getting started with EndNote

To create your EndNote library click File- New, name your library and save it.

You are advised to save your library on your hard-drive not on cloud storage and back it up regularly.

Once you’ve created your library you can:

  • import your PDFs or references from a database  
  • arrange these into groups to keep them organised
  • install the Cite While You Write to help you cite your references

 For more information see EndNote X8 handbook‌or book on to one of the Library EndNote workshops

LaTeX users

It is not possible to use EndNote’s Cite While You Write functionality with LaTeX/BibTeX. However it is possible to use the reference management features of EndNote and then export a reference list in BibTeX format.

BibTeX (Imperial College) input filter – an improved filter to import BibTeX files (allows for more variation in data structure than official BibTeX filter). Place file in the Filters sub-folder in the Endnote program files. Imported records should be checked for accuracy. To download the input filter click here. In the zip file just look for the filter file: BibTex (Imperial College).enf

BibTeX Export (Imperial College) output style – an improved output style to export EndNote records in a BibTeX format (additionally exports contents of Notes field to BibTeX note= field). Place file in the Styles sub-folder in the Endnote program files. To download the output style click here. In the zip file just look for the style file: BibTeXExport (Imperial College).ens

For more information on reference management for LaTeX users please also see our BibTeX for LaTeX webpage.

EndNote Online and Basic

What is EndNote Online:

Users of Endnote Desktop can create an Endnote Online account and link the two; content is then synchronised across both versions e.g. materials added via Endnote Online will appear in Endnote and vice versa. This maximises portability of your Endnote library.

How to set up an EndNote Online account:

  • Click on sync in your EndNote Desktop under the Tools menu
  • In the pop up box you can either enter the details of your existing account or under create new EndNote account click sign up and follow the next steps

What is EndNote Basic:

EndNote Basic is a free online version of EndNote available to everyone regardless of if they have EndNote desktop.

There are two versions of EndNote Basic.

  • EndNote basic- free to everyone with limited number of input filters and output styles
  • EndNote basic- available to Web of Science institutional subscribers

To create an EndNote Basic account:

Click create an account in EndNote Online log in page

EndNote help and support