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A Guide to EndNote

An introduction to the citation manager EndNote


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


  • McMaster has a site license for EndNote software (Windows or macOS) that is available to current McMaster employees and students for download (at no cost). EndNote has both a desktop (i.e., EndNote 21) and web component (i.e., EndNote web or EndNote online).
  • 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.

Available at McMaster: EndNote 21 Citation Management Software - Resource Upgrade!

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