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Citation Management

How do you keep all those citations straight? With a citation manager, of course.

What Is EndNote?

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What is EndNote? EndNote is an online research-management tool. With it, researchers can gather, manage and store scholarly information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. EndNote Basic is the free version of EndNote X9, which has more storage and other features ― for a price.

Why should you use EndNote Basic?

  • As you research, you can create and organize your own personal database of references
  • It is web-based, so you can access it on any computer without downloading software
  • With one click, you can generate bibliographies in a preferred citation style, such as APA or MLA
  • You can import your online references directly from databases, journals or the library catalog

How does EndNote Basic compare to other citation tools?

Similar tools to EndNote include Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks. The University of Toronto library has compiled a handy list of comparison features, which you can see here.

How to Set Up an EndNote Account

1. Go to the EndNote Basic opening page, which is

If you already have an EndNotes account and are logged in, that URL sends you right to your EndNotes references. If not, go on to Step 2


2. Click on ‘Register’

EndNote registration page


3. This takes you to the EndNote login page. Fill out the form, choosing a password that meets the criteria

Fill out EndNote registration page


4. When you get a notice that confirmation has been sent to your email, click OK

EndNote confirmation

Then go to your email and respond to the message you got there from EndNote


5. Follow the instructions and, eventually, you will be led to your brand-new EndNote page

New EndNote Basic page

Create a folder and start filling it with research!

What to Do with EndNote Once You Have It