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EndNote: About EndNote

About EndNote

EndNote is reference management software designed to make your academic life a little easier by allowing you to build a collection of references for your research. It can help take the stress out of referencing properly, helping you organise your lists of references and create bibliographies.

It allows you to :

  • Find and import references downloaded from library catalogues and databases directly into your own personal EndNote library
  • Store, organise and search for references in your EndNote library
  • Add citations to your word-processed document and create your bibliography in a number of citation styles

So why use EndNote?

  • You need to provide accurate references to all the sources you use to avoid plagiarism - EndNote makes this easier!    
  • Using EndNote ensures you cite your references in the correct style for your School or purpose
  • The University supports EndNote, whereas it doesn't support other bibliographic software. Any problems or issues can be directed to the EndNote team.

There are lots of different types of reference management software available on the market and there aren't any definite answers about which piece of bibliographic software is the best one to use (although do check with your supervisor in case they have a particular view point on what you should use).

Choosing which software to use (if any!) is a personal choice and it needs to fit the way you are finding information, collecting references, note taking and much more.

More information, including comparison charts, can be found on our Referencing Guide, under Reference Management Software



  • You can also use EndNote off campus via the Remote Application Service (RAS)
  • If you sign up for an EndNote online account you can access a limited version of the software wherever you have an Internet connection

To get an overview of EndNote, watch the video below. You can also head over to the Teach Yourself EndNote desktop pages to get started.

Other resources can be found at Clarivate's website (owner's of the EndNote product) and their library guide.

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Using EndNote with Macs and ipads

It is possible to use EndNote on your Mac and also on your ipad.

A video can be found below which covers using EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online with a Mac. Other resources on how to use EndNote on your ipad can be found here.

EndNote is compatible with Apple's Pages softwareSee here for Compatibility and system requirements.

Papers software is an alternative to EndNote. See here for details.

Please note that the EndNote Support Team is not able to support Mac users, although we will do our best to point you to useful information. 

Get EndNote Help

If you need further help, please email:
To find out more about the EndNote support service, please read the information and guidance below: