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EndNote Basic

Provides an introduction to a free, web-based version of the citation management software, EndNote, that is best used as a collaborative tool.

Main Window

The main page of EndNote Online contains 7 tabs. These 4 are the most important:

  1. My References, for access to all your citations
  2. Collect, to import citations from databases or to enter them manually
  3. Organize, to create, manage, & share groups
  4. Format, to export citations as bibliographies or to other bibliographic management programs, or to download the Cite-While-You-Write plug-in for Word.

View of the main page of EndNote online, showing the library organization panel on the left and the 3 categories of action - Find, Store & Share, and Create - in the center.


The left hand menu allows you to:

  • Search your citations.
  • View and navigate to all your groups.
  • See groups other EndNote users have shared with you.

Link EndNote Desktop to EndNote Basic

In EndNote Desktop, you need to set up your program to sync with Endnote Basic to create EndNote online.

  • From the Edit menu, select Preferences.
  • Then select Sync, or, in earlier versions of EndNote (before X7), EndNote Web.
  • In the new window that opens, enter your login information for EndNote Basic (or an earlier EndNote Web) account.
  • Make sure that the Sync automatically option is checked
  • Click OK.