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Take a quick tour of the key features of EndNote



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EndNote is an English-language reference management system, that is among the international market leaders and is particularly widespread in natural science and medical fields. Aside from the usual functions of collecting, managing, and exporting references, the program offers a large number of formatting templates and citation guidelines for publications in scientific journals. Additionally, the PDF management is extemely comfortable to work with.
The locally-installed EndNote program is supplemented with a web version, that enables collaborative work, independent of where you are (incl. a smart phone app).

Online consultation hour via ZOOM Mondays from 12 noon until 1pm

Do you have further questions about EndNote? For one hour the Helpdesk Reference Management team will be available in a ZOOM meeting room to answer your questions.

No software installation is required on your part to participate. You only need a speaker (or headphones or a headset).
By clicking on the ZOOM link, you can dial into our consultation hour. A registration is not necessary.

We will be happy to make an appointment with you outside of the fixed office hours. Of course we are also available by email or phone to help you with EndNote.


University Site License

The University Library provides the RWTH Aachen University community (students and staff) with free access to EndNote through a university site license. The licensed version of EndNote can be found in the RWTH Software Portal, where you will also find further guidance on downloading and installing the EndNote software.

Please note the handout on cloud use (German only) and the EndNote Product/Service Terms
especially the note: „2. Privacy.You must not upload any content to us which contains personal data.”

The EndNote license is limited to one user only; however, you have the possibility to install the software on three computers.

The site license for EndNote may only be used for the duration of your studies or your employment contract at RWTH Aachen University. After this, you will either need to uninstall the software or purchase your own private license.


Note on installation

View EndNote on Mac operating system

When starting EndNote on Mac operating systems for the first time, it seems as if the programme cannot be opened.
Please look in the top left corner of your screen. EndNote should be listed as an open programme next to the Apple icon. Here you can start a new library via "File" > "New" (see image). The expected EndNote interface should then appear.

If you have any questions or problems with the installation of EndNote, please do not hesitate to contact us!


System Requirements

EndNote is supported by the following operating systems:

  • Windows (Windows® XP SP3, Vista 32-/64-bit, Windows 7 32-/64-bit and Windows 8 32-/64-bit)
  • Macintosh (Mac OS X 10.6 or higher)
  • An internet connection is required for some features, e.g. online research, finding full text and syncing desktop and online libraries.

Compatibility with Word Processing Programs

EndNote is compatible with the following word processor software:

  • MS Word
  • Apache OpenOffice
  • Apple Pages 09
  • Wolfram Mathematica 8
  • Word Perfect

EndNote and LaTex
LaTex is not officially supported by EndNote; however, it is possible to use EndNote Libraries in LaTex.
The following link ftp://support.isiresearchsoft.com/pub/bibtex/ leads to a directory containing an output style (citation style) for use with BibText format, and conversion tools for use between EndNote and BibTex are also available.
You can find detailed step-by-step instructions here:


RWTH Configuration Settings

SFX Linkresolver

Find Full Text
In order to use the Find Full Text feature in EndNote, go to: Edit > Preferences > Find Full Text > Open URL Path. Then enter our OpenURL address: http://sfx.hbz-nrw.de/sfx_rwth and click OK.


EndNote Online

Once you have successfully installed the EndNote desktop version on your computer, you can also benefit from EndNote online features, e.g. the option to work on projects collaboratively from any location. EndNote users can share bibliographical references with other EndNote users via library sharing (read and/or write permissions). Users also have 5GB of storage space for PDF files.

Set up a user account for EndNote online via your desktop version. Go to: Edit > Preferences > Sync. The homepage for EndNote online can be found here: www.myendnoteweb.com