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EndNote Guide

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a program for maintaining a database of references and automatically creating citations in your assignment or thesis. It can also store PDF copies of your journal articles.

 EndNote              EndNote basic

EndNote is available as a desktop program supplied by the University of Canberra, or as a free online reference manager (UC students and staff have upgraded access to EndNote Online). It is possible to use both the online and desktop versions with a single account which will sync your references. There is also an iPad app for viewing your references and PDFs.

How to get EndNote

How to get EndNote Online

For the web version of EndNote, please refer to the EndNote Online help page in this guide.

How to get EndNote for your personal computer

Download the files from MyUC. EndNote Installation Files (Download)


Borrow installation discs for up to 3 days from the Short Loan collection (call number Z1001.E63)

University Staff Desktop Computers

EndNote is included in the Software Center in University desktop computers:

  • Search Windows for the Software Center app
  • Select EndNote to begin the installation process.

University issued laptops

UC staff and postgraduate students using a University issued laptop should contact ITM to have a copy of EndNote installed.

System Requirements

For system requirements and word processor compatibility please see the EndNote Compatibility and Systems Requirements page.
(Firefox or Chrome are the preferred browsers for EndNote.)

EndNote and iPad

The 'Endnote for iPad' app is available free from the iTunes store. To integrate your PC or MAC version of EndNote with your iPad you need to have an EndNote Online account. More information is available from EndNote. ‚Äč


Log in to the MyUC. For Students: Study Tools  - Library Resources. For Staff: Applications - Research - Library Resources.

Select the EndNote version that is compatible with the software on your computer.  

EndNote X8 for PC

  1. To install EndNote X8 for PC, click on EndNote8 file.  It will download into your Downloads folder on your computer.
  2. In the Downloads folder, select the EndNote zip file and click on Extract All (either right click to bring the command up or it may be listed in the top toolbar) .
  3. At the prompt to select a destination folder to extract EndNote files to, click on Extract
  4. Files will load in the destination folder. Click on ENX8Inst.msi to install.
  5. At the Do you want to run this file? prompt, click on Run.
  6. EndNote will go through its installation screens.
  7. Click on Next/Accept/Run as needed. Finish to complete installation.
  8. The EndNote folder can now be found in C: Program Files (x86).

Note: If asked for a product key you will need to reinstall and ensure all files have been extracted or unzipped. More information can be found at Ask a Librarian.

EndNote X8 on Windows

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How to use EndNote in 6 minutes (Mac)

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