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EndNote X7 : About EndNote Web

What it does

EndNote Web is a web-based citation management tool that lets students and researchers collect references, automatically format the in-text citations and bibliographies in their papers, and share their groups of references with others.  If you also have the desktop version of EndNote, you can transfer references from there to EndNote Web and vice versa.

There are two types of EndNote accounts – with different levels of functionality:

1.      A basic version of EndNote Web (“Basic”) is available for free to anyone.  It allows up to 50,000 references and 2G of attachments.

2.      Purchasers of the desktop version of EndNote (X6 or later) receive access to a more fully-featured version of EndNote Web (“EndNote Online”) that allows unlimited references and 5G of attachments.  Note: Purchasing EndNote X6 or later gives you access to this version of EndNote Web for a two-year period after which your account reverts to “Basic” unless you upgrade your desktop version of EndNote.  However, changes to their update plan may change that policy because no new number update is planned for 2014.

The EndNote Web website where (and place where you go to create an account) is located at:

How to use it

There are five tabs along the top of the EndNote Web page:  My References, Collect, Organize, Format and Options.

 My References:

The panel on the left shows the various groups that you have created, and has a search box for searching one or all of these groups.  You can hide this panel if you want. On the right side of the screen you see your references, along with the orange UC-eLinks button that allows you to access full text articles; check our catalog, Roger, to see if we have the journal in print; or order the article on interlibrary loan.


The “Collect” tab includes options for doing an online search for new references (e.g., PubMed, Web of Science, other databases, numerous catalogs, etc.), importing references from a file, and typing a new reference from scratch.


The “Organize” section allows you to share groups of references with others, rename and delete groups, find duplicates and more.


Here you can create a bibliography, download the “Cite While You Write” plug-in (which you need to use EndNote Web with Microsoft Word), format a Word document, and export references.


Use the “Options” section to manage your profile and account information.

For full details on using EndNote Web, please see our online guide.

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