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:



It is vitally important that you take a moment to consider where you are going to store your Endnote library.

If the storage location is a network drive or an external drive, this can pose a latency issue with saving and sending information that can disrupt the library. Even more disruptive can be ANY process that attempts to copy EndNote Library files while the EndNote library is open.
This includes any backup process that dynamically scans, and transfers data. Please avoid iCloud, DropBox, OneDrive, SuiteSync, GoogleDrive, Box, etc.[1]

It is recommended that Mac users read the following article before proceeding with Endnote:



[1]Alfasoft. Storage location for Endnote libraries. Sweden: Alfasoft, 2021. https://support.alfasoft.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001311578


Endnote No-No's

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, you need to go to vu.edu.au and click on 'Login' in the top right corner:


From there, staff and students can enter via the appropriate MyVU tile. Students and staff should use their usual AD login to access:


Once logged in go to My Resources > Downloads > VU Apps (see steps below). You will be able to download the current and previous versions of the Endnote software for both Windows and Macs



The Endnote software is located towards the end of the VU apps page.


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:


From there you just need to select the latest version of Endnote available. For Windows, select the .exe file, and for Mac select the .dmg file. It is always a good idea to check Endnote's Compatibility and System Requirements before downloading a software. It is possible that your computer has security settings that prohibit the installation of new software on your computer. If that is the case, please contact ITS on 9919 4380 for assistance.


Getting help

Research Librarians
For assistance and training with EndNote, contact your Research Support Librarian jessica.cork@vu.edu.au to discuss your needs.

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:



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Outside of semester:
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Face-to-face assistance is available via Zoom. 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

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Working on more than one computer

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