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EndNote: Install

NEW EndNote 20

Read this first - Endnote X9.3 and Endnote 20: Library Conversion and Backward Compatibility

Installing EndNote

Step 1: System requirements
Step 2: Follow the instructions

Before you begin installing:

  • Print or have the installation instructions open on your computer
  • Follow each step carefully so the software installs correctly
Step 3: Download the installation package
  • Uninstall any previous versions of EndNote
  • Downloading on a PC? Do not run the install from your 'Downloads' folder. Move the folder to another location e.g. Desktop
Step 4: Create an EndNote library

When you create a new library a .enl file and a .data folder will be created. EndNote needs both to work properly, keep in the same location and with matching names.

  • In EndNote select File > New Data folder and EndNote library file
  • Rename MyEndNoteLibrary to something meaningful e.g. your name
  • We recommend saving to your computer. Do not save in Cloud Storage or it may become corrupted.

Watch the Create a New Library video for more information.

Install on University computers

Student computer pools & barns

  • EndNote should be installed
  • Save your .enl file and .data folder before you log off

Staff machines

  • Install or update from the 'Software Center', via the Windows search box

For problems with EndNote on UniSA computers contact IT Help Desk (x25000).

EndNote Online

Use with your EndNote desktop account to:

  • Sync with desktop to add references on the go
  • Collaborate with others by sharing your references

Create an EndNote Online account:

  • via the Web of Science database
  • from within your EndNote desktop


EndNote for iPad

Can be used to view and add references once you have an EndNote online account. Also works on your iPhone! Download on the App store