Using EndNote

EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended reference management software. On this page you can find guidance to both the desktop and online versions.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a tool that helps you to collect, store and organise scholarly literature from different sources. It will enable you to quickly cite these references in Word, and automatically create a bibliography in any referencing style you require.

EndNote comes in Desktop and Online versions that can be used separately or in conjunction depending on your needs and preferences.

Which version should I use?

EndNote Desktop is highly recommended for Research Postgraduates and staff, due to its advanced functionality. It can be synchronised with an EndNote Online account if needed.

For Undergraduates and Master's students, we recommend using EndNote Online. It has all the functionality required, takes less time to learn and is a good introduction to reference software.

Crucially, both versions are available for free to all members of the University.

EndNote Desktop

EndNote Desktop is now in its 21st iteration, and often referred to as EndNote 21. Find information below on how to install it on your device, and where to go for support.

EndNote Online

EndNote Online, sometimes referred to as EndNote Web or EndNote Basic, is web-based. An enhanced version is available to all University of Bristol students and staff via Web of Science.

Close up of a laptop on a sofa, on the screen are graphs EndNote Desktop tutorial

Learn how to use the core features of EndNote Desktop effectively with this in-depth tutorial.

A pile of books. EndNote Online tutorial

This interactive tutorial will get you quickly up to speed with the core features of EndNote Online.

EndNote Online quick guide

New to EndNote? Learn how to register for and start using EndNote Online with this quick guide.

A photo of one of the reading rooms in the Wills Memorial Library. Subject Librarians

For further help with EndNote please contact your subject librarian, who you can find listed by subject here.

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