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This guide will teach you the basics of using EndNote bibliographic software.

What is EndNote?

Bibliographic software (like EndNote or RefWorks) is a useful tool that will help you keep track of citations and bibliographies. EndNote is commonly used in the sciences because it has several built-in science databases. There are three ways to use EndNote:

  • Use EndNote entirely online. EndNote Web is free!
  • Use either the Mac or PC desktop version, which each cost about $10 from the USF Computer Store.
  • Use a combination of online and desktop EndNote. 

EndNote has three main functions - you can use all three or just one or two.

  1. Search tool - search databases for articles (or the catalog for books) using authors, keywords, titles, etc.
  2. Reference database - this will help you keep track of your sources, especially if you have a lot of PDFs floating around. They can be linked to their EndNote records so they're easier to find.
  3. Bibliography maker - EndNote takes all the info from the databases and packages them as citations for you. You can change the format to MLA, APA, and many others.

EndNote has the following search functions built in:

  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • To view the full list in EndNote, go to Tools -> Online Search

Video Tutorials

EndNote has created an entire YouTube channel full of tutorial videos. If there is something specific you need help with, it is a great resource.

Click here to be taken to the EndNote Youtube channel.