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This guide will lead you through the process of downloading, installing, and setting up Endnote on your computer.

Important update EndNote users with macOS systems

Apple will be releasing macOS 10.15 Catalina fall 2019. Apple has made the decision to drop all 32-bit application support with this release, which will impact EndNote. 

EndNote X9 for macOS will be extensively updated for compatibility prior to the launch of Catalina. If you already have EndNote X9, please install all updates as they become available to avoid interruption in your workflow.

EndNote X8 and earlier for macOS Users
Since Apple has made the decision to drop all 32-bit application support, we expect that macOS 10.15 Catalina will not run EndNote X8 and earlier. However, we want to continue to support you. We recommend one of two options:

  • Upgrade to EndnoteX9
  • If you’d prefer not to upgrade to EndNote X9, you may keep working on your current macOS. We do not recommend upgrading to Catalina with EndNote X8 and earlier as we expect major compatibility issues.

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Getting started with EndNote and EBSCO on a Mac

Online Tutorials for Using Cite While You Write -- for MAC users

EndNote Library Basics for Mac Users

EndNote Library Basics
Adding References
Cite While You Write

  • The Toolbar Looks Different
    • Fewer quick access buttons are present in the EndNote toolbar than appears at the top of the library window.  Use Edit, References, Groups or Tools in the menu bar.

EndNote Toolbar

  • Styles Menu
    • The Styles menu is located in the Reference panel in the right column of the library window.  To change the style of references in your EndNote library, click on the Styles menu in the Reference panel OR select Edit > Output Styles from the menu bar.  
    • Choose your desired style from the drop-down menu that appears.
    • For more information on Output Styles, see the Beyond the Basics page in this guide.

Styles Menu in EndNote on a Mac

Styles Menu

Adding References

  • Browser Selection: To enable Direct Export (automatic downloads) from electronic databases (PubMed, Web of Science, etc.) to your EndNote library, you must use Mozilla Firefox.  Use of other browsers (Safari, Google Chrome) to add references to your EndNote library is possible, but requires an extra step.
  • For complete instructions on adding references to your EndNote library, see Adding References to EndNote. 

Cite While You Write

  • How do I get Cite While You Write (CWYW)?
    • Need to have Microsoft Word installed on your computer before you install EndNote.
    • EndNote X7 is compatible with Microsoft Word 2008 and 2011.
    • When you install EndNote on your computer, an EndNote submenu is automatically added to the Tools menu in Microsoft Word.
  • Inserting Citations
    • Open the EndNote library with the references that you wish to cite.  Prior to inserting citations, we recommend that you find duplicate references within your EndNote library.  To find duplicate references:
    • In the Groups panel in the left column, click on All References to display all the references in your library.
    • From the menu bar, select References > Find Duplicates.
    • If you have duplicate references in your library, the Find Duplicates dialog box will appear.  For each set of duplicates, you have the following options:
      • Click Keep This Record to save the preferred reference and discard the other in the trash.
      • Click Skip to leave both references in the library. The references will be placed in a temporary Duplicate References group for later review.

Find Duplicates Dialog Box on a Mac

Find Duplicates

    • Open your Microsoft Word document.
    • When you are ready to cite a source, position the cursor where you want to insert a citation.  You can either insert a citation from within Microsoft Word or from within EndNote.
    • To insert a citation from within Word:
      • From the menu bar, select Tools > EndNote X6 > Find Citation(s)

Find Citations

    • The EndNote Find & Insert My References dialog box will appear.  In the text box at the top of the dialog box, enter text (author's last name, year, title, keyword) to search for the reference in your library.  Click the Find button.
    • In the results of your search, click on the reference that you want to cite to highlight it. To highlight multiple references, hold down the Ctrl key while you click on references. 
    • Once you have selected your references, click on the Insert button.  The selected references will be inserted into your Word document and displayed as defined by the current Output Style.

Find & Insert My References

    • To insert a citation from within EndNote:
      • In EndNote, highlight the references that you wish to cite.  To highlight multiple references, hold down the Ctrl key while you click on references.
      • Once you have selected your references, click on the Insert Citation button Insert Citation in the toolbar along the top.  The selected references will be inserted into your Word document.
    • Note: Save your Word document after inserting citations.
  • How to Change Output Style in Word Document
    • From the menu bar in Microsoft Word, select Tools > EndNote X6 > Bibliography Settings....  The Format Bibliography dialog box will appear.
    • Select the Format Bibliography tab.  If you have multiple Word documents open, make sure that the proper document is selected from the Format document drop-down menu.
    • Choose your desired style from the With output style drop-down menu.  If a style does not appear in the drop-down menu, click on the Browse button to find another style.
    • Click OK.

Format Bibliography Dialog Box

Format Bibliography

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