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Use EndNote to Create Bibliographies

EndNote is a personal file management package which allows you to get citations from various sources and put them into your own manageable database.  You can use the citations in your database to "cite while you write" in Word and manage bibliographies more efficiently.

Install Endnote

To install EndNote on your personal computer (both Macintosh and PC) download it from::

Import citations from

Sort citations in your EndNote Library - by Author, Year, Title, Journal Title, etc.

Click on the column title for the author, year, title or journal title in your EndNote library.  EndNote will sort the information by the column title you choose.

Choose the bibliographic style you want EndNote to use to format your bibliography - APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.

Open Edit on the Toolbar and choose Output Style.  Then in the Output Style menu, choose Open Style Manager.  Choose the style you want to use.  It will appear at the bottom of the Output Style menu. Click on the style you want.

 Manually enter bibliographic citations

Choose References on the Toolbar.  Click on New Reference and fill in the boxes for the author, title, etc.

"Cite While You Write"

Open up Microsoft Word.  Check to see if you have a link to EndNote. It is a tab that says EndNote X7.

Now you can begin to type your essay  in Microsoft Word.
When you get to a spot in the essay where you want to put a reference for a bibliographic citation, click on the tab for EndNote X7. Put the cursor where you want to put the reference in your Microsoft Word document. Select the bibliographic citation from your EndNote library that  you want to insert.  Go back to Microsoft Word. Click on Insert Citation.  The citation will show up in your Microsoft Word essay.

EndNote Online

Register with EndNote Online so you can search databases in other libraries and transfer references to and from EndNote on your desktop.

Here are some simple tutorials that explain the basic features of EndNote: Using EndNote to Capture Bibliographic Citations from TruSearch Cite While You WriteHow to Use EndNote in 7 Minutes

Updated 6/2014


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