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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, here's what to do:
    • As of August 2016, USF is still getting ready to bring up a new software website for all of USF
    • For the short term anyone who wants access to EndNote needs to send an email to
    • Please include these three items in the request:
      1.       Software they are looking for (EndNote for Mac, or PC)
      2.       USF Email Address
      3.       U#
  • 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.


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.