What is EndNote?

EndNote is bibliographic management software and it's a useful tool to help you keep track of citations, sources, and the integration of bibliographies into Word and other word processing softwares. EndNote is commonly used in the sciences because it has several built-in science databases. You can use EndNote online (which is free, but more limited), or here's how you can (as a USF student, or faculty member) get the full version of EndNote for free:

  • To obtain the Mac or PC desktop version of EndNote, you may now go directly to USF Information Technology's online Software Catalog using the link below

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.

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.