EndNote: Getting started

Using EndNote to manage your references and format your bibliography

About this guide

This guide is designed as an introduction to using the EndNote reference management program, as well as providing supplementary support materials . You may find this guide sufficient to get started, however we recommend following it up with a training session offered by the Library:


What is EndNote?

EndNote is a bibliographic management software application that allows you to create a personalised database of references. References can be entered manually, or imported from sources such as the Library journals and databases, or Google Scholar.

EndNote can be used to insert in-text references into your documents, and create reference lists or bibliographies for assignments, research papers, theses, or articles for publication, using a variety of referencing styles.

EndNote is useful for academics, researchers, postgraduate, higher degree and undergraduate students who need to manage a large amount of bibliographic data.


How do I obtain EndNote

Victoria University holds a site license for EndNote. All on-shore staff and students can download the EndNote software to their home computers via the MyVU portal. To access, both staff AND students need to enter via the MyVU(staff) tile. Students can use their usual AD login to access.


Go to the 'My Downloads' tab (see below). You will be able to download the current and previous versions of the Endnote software for both Windows and Macs:




Go to the 'Staff Downloads' box on the bottom right of the screen (see below). You will be able to download the current and previous versions of the Endnote software for both Windows and Macs:




Getting help

College & Research Librarians
For assistance and training with EndNote, contact your College Librarian or the Research Librarian to discuss your needs.

Ask a librarian

During semester, library chat is open 9am - 8pm Monday to Thursday, 9am - 5pm Friday, and 11am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Outside of semester, chat is open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday only. Chat is not available on public holidays or University closures.

Research Ambassadors
The Research Ambassadors at Victoria University provide research support to both staff and research students in a range of areas including EndNote. The Research Ambassadors can also provide EndNote support via Facebook. Check the Facebook page:



Working on more than one computer

Planning on accessing your Endnote library on more than one computer? Watch this short video first: