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EndNote - Desktop version: Getting Started

This guide highlights the unique features of EndNote (desktop version).

EndNote and EndNote Web Contact Librarians



Nastasha Johnson Math
Megan Sapp Nelson Engineering, Technology
David Zwicky  Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering

What is EndNote?


EndNote is a desktop software designed to help store and organize bibliographic references in personal databases called "libraries" on the user's own computer. Users can create separate bibliographies or insert citations from their libraries into papers they are writing by using the "Cite While You Write" (CWYW) feature. Users can download references from online databases or enter them into the libraries manually.

  • Purdue users can purchase this software at ITaP at academic rateLook  under Software Distribution.  
  • If this doesn’t work, go to   and The search for endnote in the search box

  • This video will give you a brief overview of what EndNote can do for you. 
  •  EndNote Basic (formerly called EndNote Web)  is a companion web version of the desktop EndNote.  It is available free to all Purdue users.  Please see this page for information. You can also view the EndNote Basic LibGuide for even more information.
  • You can also download a QuickStart Guide for Windows or Macintosh