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EndNote Essentials-How to Guide (Biomedical)

Key Points for all users

Whether you have a mac or a PC, remember...

  • Don't save your library to any shared network folder or cloud location e.g. OneDrive, iCloud etc.
  • Use Mozilla Firefox as your browser to enable Direct Export (automatic downloads) of references from electronic databases (PubMed, Web of Science, etc.) to your EndNote library.
  • Mac users: make sure your version of Word is 16.xx (you can download from IT knowledgebase)
  • Keep your .enl and .Data files together – don’t save/move them to different places on your computer

  • Import journal terms lists when you create a new library
  • To import citations from databases, look for a button/link that says Export, Cite, Citation Tools etc. Each database uses different terms for this function – click around!
    • When importing citations from databases, if you cannot find a specific EndNote option, select .RIS file
      Don’t make any changes to your citations in your Word doc. Edit, delete, move using tools in CWYW tab or in your library
  • To have EndNote look for the fulltext of articles for you: Preferences-> Find Full Text Option-> Add OpenURL Path & Authenticate with

EndNote can be tricky – ask for help from the citations committee or your liaison librarian!

Endnote tech support can also be helpful:

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5)
+1-800-336-4474, press 4

Email us for citation help!

Download EndNote 21!

McGill students and staff may download EndNote free of charge onto their personal computers at home or at the university.

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EndNote is installed on all library computers as well as other locations on campus.


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