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What is EndNote? EndNote is software that helps you manage your research and autoformat your citations. EndNote is licensed for use by current Northeastern faculty, staff, and students.

Why should I use EndNote? It organizes all your citations and research items, like article PDFs, into a personal library, and formats citations properly into bibliographies and footnotes. You can export from the library’s databases to Endnote.

How can I get started? There are two ways to use Endnote. 1) You can install Endnote software and store your citations and PDFs on your own personal computer or iPad, or 2) you can use a web-based version and store (and share) your research items in the cloud. Instructions for both methods are below.

What else do I need to know? You’ll need a Microsoft Word or Mac Pages plugin to use the full functionality of Endnote. See details below. The plugin allows you to automatically create properly-formatted bibliographies and footnotes as you write papers.

Get EndNote software

PC users: Please be sure to follow the complete installation directions on the myNEU site, also illustrated below  

Also note: EndNote will automatically install a toolbar into Microsoft Word, so be sure to have Word completely closed before installation.

  • Students: Go to the “Software Download” service on the “Self-Service” tab in myNEU
    Before downloading, read instructions below and on the myNEU site with special instructions for PC users
  • Faculty and staff: Go to the "Services and Links" tab in myNEU.  Find "Software downloads."
    Before downloading, read instructions below and on the myNEU site with special instructions for PC users.

Special instructions for PC users

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 ENXInst.msi file and run the "extract all" tool. NOTE: the number "6" or "7" or "8" 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.

Troubleshooting: EndNote asking for license number?

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 above.  Right-click to unzip the download package; otherwise the full license will not install.

EndNote Help

Find more at the excellent EndNote support site, or sign up for training webinars provided by the EndNote company.

EndNote Online

The desktop/iPad version of Endnote includes access to Endnote Online with unlimited cloud storage for syncing and sharing your library with up to 14 people, plus yourself. (A free web-only version called Endnote Basic allows you to set up a personal account on the EndNote website and store up to 50,000 citations with 2G of cloud storage. This can be helpful for sharing among colleagues at other institutions who may not have access to Endnote desktop software.)

To create an account:


  • If you are on-campus, sign up for an account via the EndNote Online website.
  • If you are off-campus, install EndNote on your computer if you haven't already, and use the Register Online button in the EndNote preferences to create your EndNote Online library.
  • If you are already registered in Web of Science, use that logon to access your EndNote Online or Endnote Basic library.
  • If you create a free ResearcherID account, login to EndNote Online or Endnote Basic using the same user name and password.

For more information see Endnote Online Help from the EndNote company.

Connection Files

We no longer support connection files (except for Scholar OneSearch, below). Instead we recommend using database's native interface and exporting references to Endnote.