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EndNote: Getting Started

EndNote Basics

Bibliographic management software makes it easy to collect and organize references to any type of information, from journal articles to multimedia files. The software also allows students and researchers to insert their citations into papers and format them for publication painlessly. EndNote is available from the D. Samuel Gottesman Library.

This Guide will help you

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EndNote X7.5 for Macs - important update for Word 2016 users!

EndNote released an update for Macs on February 2, 2016. The update to EndNote X7.5 includes:

  • Compatibility with Microsoft Word 2016 (aka Cite While You Write)
  • Compatibility with OS X El Capitan
  • Improvements to Sync functionality

You should be prompted to install the update the next time you open EndNote. If you are not automatically prompted to run the X7.5 update when you open EndNote, go to the EndNote X7 menu and select Check for Updates.

Make sure you quit from all Microsoft Office products before running the update. 

Get EndNote

Download EndNote desktop software!

  • EndNote X7.2 for Windows
  • EndNote X7.2 for Macs

Before upgrading, read about system requirements and word processor compatibility!


Installation tips

Windows Installation 

  1. Download EndNoteX7.exe
  2. Double click the EndNoteX7.exe file
  3. Accept the default settings and agree to the license terms.
  4. When you open EndNote for the first time, follow the prompts to install program updates.

Macintosh Installation 

  1. After downloading, double click the EndNoteX7_Mac.dmg file.
  2. The installer should open on your desktop.
  3. Drag the EndNote Folder to the Applications folder on your Hard Drive.
  4. When you click on the EndNote icon in its folder in Applications,EndNote will walk you through the setup process.
  5. Accept the default settings and agree to the license terms.
  6. When you open EndNote for the first time, follow the prompts to install program updates.

Before updating to a new version of EndNote

  1. Check EndNote's Compatibility & Requirements page. The current version and one previous version is available for download.
  2. Make a backup copy of your library.  The easiest way to do this is to go to File > Compressed Library > Accept default settings. This will create a compressed version of your Library, including all file attachments. The file will have a .enlx extension.

Adding PMCIDs to EndNote Styles

Synchronization with EndNote X6 & X7

***IMPORTANT*** Please follow the EndNote Online synchronization instructions in these videos before your first sync!

Contact me if you have questions.

Information on system requirements and compatibility are available on the EndNote website.


Nancy Glassman
D.Samuel Gottesman Library
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave.
Bronx, NY 10461
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