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EndNote is a citation and information management tool. Use it to organize your research, import citations, create bibliographies, and insert citations as you write.

General Info About EndNote

This guide will assist users set up a free EndNote Basic account that will help with citation management. 

EndNote Basic is only available online. Users must have access to the Internet while using or accessing their account. There is a limit of 50,000 references and up to 2GB of attachments. 

*An important note to users interested in setting up an EndNote account: UWL Murphy Library offers access to a more robust version of EndNote Basic through the Web of Science. 

There are two versions of EndNote Basic.

  • The free version of EndNote Basic has 21 styles and a limited number of filters and connection files. This version is available to anybody, with no other purchase required.
  • The version of EndNote Basic available as part of the Web of Science has thousands of styles and hundreds of filters and connection files. This version is accessible by those whose institution has a subscription to the Web of Science.

For more information on EndNote, please click here. 

For training videos to help visualize how to use, install, and manage EndNote, click on their YouTube training page here. 

Here is an EndNote chart that compares features of different versions (WoS means Web of Science).

Creating a (free) EndNote account

Creating an account is easy. Start with the homepage (, or go to Google and type in "myendnote".  

Click on "create an account." 

Enter your email and information as prompted, create a password, and accept the conditions of service. 

Sharing Groups

You can share your groups with anyone that has an EndNote online account. Below are instructions to share groups, unshare groups, and hide groups shared to you.

Sharing Groups

  1. Click the Organize tab which will display the Manage My Groups page.

  2. Find the group you wish to share and check the Share checkbox.

  3. Click the Manage Sharing button.

  4. Enter up to 1,000 e-mail addresses separating each address by pressing the Enter or Return key. You can also provide a text file containing e-mail addresses separated by commas using the Browse button.

  5. Select the Read only or Read & Write access option.

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add users with a different access option.

Unsharing Groups

  1. Click the Organize tab which will display the Manage My Groups page.

  2. Find the group you wish to unshare and uncheck the Share checkbox.

Modify Users of a Shared Group

  1. Click the Organize tab which will display the Manage My Groups page.

  2. Find the group you wish to modify.

  3. Click the Manage Sharing button.

You can then delete users, select edit to modify a user's email address, change a user's access option, add more users, and delete all users.

Hiding Groups Shared from Others

  1. Click the Organize tab, then click the Others' Groups link.

  2. Uncheck the group you wish to hide.

Note: Groups shared to you do not count against your 5,000 personal group limit.

Using Cite While You Write with Shared Groups

  1. Click the Organize tab, then click the Others' Groups link.

  2. Check the shared group you would like to be available for Cite While You Write.

EndNote Browser Import

In order to easily capture information from your online searching, EndNote has a product called the EndNote Capture Reference Tool. This downloadable tool captures the bibliographic information and creates a new reference to save in your EndNote account.

To Install the Capture Reference bookmarklet:

1.    Log into EndNote Online.
2.    Click on Downloads.
3.    Drag the Capture Reference button to your Bookmarks bar (also known as "Favorites Bar" or "Bookmarks Toolbar"). In some browsers, you may need to right-click and select "Add to Favorites" or "Bookmark This Link."

To find the bookmarks tool on the browser you are using:

  • To turn on the bookmarks toolbar in Chrome, navigate to the top right, click the menu icon (the 3 dots) and select ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘show Bookmarks Bar’. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Shift+B (in Windows) or Command+Shift+B (in macOS).
  • To turn on the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox, click the ‘View’ menu at the top of the screen, go down to Toolbars and select ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’.
  • To turn on the bookmarks bar in Safari, click on the ‘View’ menu in Safari and select ‘Show Favorites Bar’.

Research Assistance

Reference Desk

Librarians can help you learn to make the most of the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond!

Weekdays & Sunday afternoons (fall/spring):

  • Visit us at the reference desk (1st floor)
  • Call us at 608.785.8508
  • Web Chat with us

Any time (year-round):

Local history and/or archives research? Special Collections / Area Research Center specialists are available!