1.1 Create an EndNote library

You need to create an EndNote library to store your references. Although you have the ability to create multiple libraries, it is highly recommended that you only create and work from one library to avoid unnecessary complications.



  1. Open the EndNote program from the Start menu (Windows) or the Applications folder (Mac). If it is the first time you have opened the program you may be shown some advertising for products such as Kopernio and EndNote Online which can be ignored. You will also be shown the licence agreement which you will need to accept before you can use the program
  2. Select File and New…
  3. A New Reference Library box will appear
  4. Enter a name for your EndNote library in the File Name field (the default is My EndNote Library). If you are using a Mac, do not tick the Save as Package option
  5. Select the location where you would like to save the library on your computer (do not save to cloud syncing folders such as iCloud, Dropbox, One Drive etc. as doing this can corrupt your library over time)
  6. Click Save and the library will open in EndNote.

Your EndNote library consists of two files: a .enl (EndNote library) file and a .Data folder. It is important that both of these remain together in the same location and that they use the same name. Your EndNote library will not work if the data folder is deleted or separated from the .enl file.

Activity: Create an EndNote library and save to your computer

Windows


  1. Layout menu - used to change the layout of the panels. The above screen shot displays the Bottom-Split option
  2. Groups panel - lists your group sets and their associated groups
  3. Reference tab - allows you to edit the contents of a highlighted reference
  4. Preview tab - displays the reference in the referencing style selected
  5. PDF Viewer tab - used to attach, view and annotate PDF files
  6. Bibliographic Output Style - allows you to select your referencing style

Mac


  1. Layout menu - used to change the layout of the panels. The above screen shot displays the Bottom-Split option
  2. Groups panel - lists your group sets and their associated groups
  3. Reference tab - allows you to edit the contents of a highlighted reference
  4. Preview tab - displays the reference in the referencing style selected
  5. PDF Viewer tab - used to attach, view and annotate PDF files
  6. Bibliographic Output Style - allows you to select your referencing style