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EndNote helps you manage your bibliography and citations, and is installed onto the computer of your choice. You store your citations offline on your computer, and use a Microsoft Word or Mac Pages plugin to automatically create bibliographies. EndNote is licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students.

Questions about EndNote vs. RefWorks? We’ve created a more in-depth comparison chart here.

Get EndNote software

Note: First, make sure that you first have an EndNote-compatible browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer) and word processor (Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, or Open Office) installed on your computer. EndNote will automatically install a toolbar into Microsoft Word.

  • Students: Go to the “Software Download” service on the “Self-Service” tab in myNEU.  
  • Faculty and staff: Go to the "Services and Links" tab in myNEU.  

EndNote asking for license number?

PC users: Please make sure to follow the complete installation directions and right-click to unzip the download package; otherwise the full license will not install.

During installation, when you right-click on the EndNote zip file, you should see this option:


If you do not see this option, you should instead double-click on the EndNote .zip file and you will then see the "extract all" tool.  Single-click on the ENX5Inst.msi or ENX6Inst.msi file and run the "extract all" tool. NOTE: the number "5" or "6" or "7" in the file name will depend on which version of EndNote you choose to download. These directions are the same, regardless of which version you have chosen.

Once you have extracted all files, you should see the EndNoteXInst.msi file in the same folder as the License.dat folder. You can then double-click on the .msi file to run the installation.

If you have already installed EndNote without following the "extract all" step, then EndNote will ask you for a license number. You should uninstall EndNote, and re-install using the "extract all" step.


A web-based version of EndNote is also available, called EndNote Web. With this version, you set up a personal account on the EndNote Web site and store your citations on the web (cloud-based) instead of on your own computer.  You can create an account in multiple ways:

  • If you are on-campus, sign up for an account via the EndNote Web main website.
  • If you are off-campus and already own EndNote for your desktop or laptop, use the Register Online button in the EndNote preferences to create your EndNote Web library.
  • If you are already registered in Web of Knowledge, use that logon to access your EndNote Web library.
  • If you create a free ResearcherID account, login to EndNote Web using the same user name and password.

For more information on registration and getting started, see this guide from the company that makes EndNote.

Connection Files

Add-ons called "connection files" allow you to search online databases directly through Endnote. 

There are thousands of connection files available from the Endnote web site.  

Download the Scholar OneSearch connection file to search Northeastern's library catalog and import references from within Endnote.

EndNote Help and Documentation

For tutorials and other support, see the EndNote support site; you can even sign up for training webinars, again provided by EndNote.