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A Guide to EndNote

An introduction to the citation manager EndNote 20 desktop and EndNote online


EndNote logoEndNote (produced by Clarivate) is a citation management tool that moves you through the research process as you search, organize, write, publish and share your work. Whether you're writing a paper or manuscript, leading a research project, maintaining a CV, teaching a course or applying for a grant, EndNote can help.

EndNote lets you ...

  • store, organize, and manage references in your own personal and searchable library
  • import reference data from online databases such as MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and more
  • create rules to automatically organize references as you work
  • read, review, annotate and search PDF files
  • find full text in both subscription and open access resources
  • identify and remove duplicate content
  • insert citations while writing a paper
  • create and format bibliographies using various output styles (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA, Vancouver)
  • share some or all of your references with collaborators and colleagues
  • manage team access and track activity and changes


  • EndNote has both a desktop (i.e., EndNote 20) and web component (i.e., EndNote online for desktop users). Consult thePDFEndNote Features Comparison Sheet for a summary of the differences between EndNote products.
  • EndNote 20 desktop site license for Windows and Mac is now available to current McMaster employees and students for download.
  • Covidence logoIf working on a systematic review, also consider using Covidence, a web-based software platform that streamlines the production of systematic reviews. It supports citation screening, full text review, risk of bias assessment, and more. McMaster provides unlimited access to university affiliates.
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