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EndNote Basic and EndNote: Citation Management Help Guide

Using EndNote Basic or EndNote

NOTE:  EndNote has two versions: EndNote and EndNote Basic.  In May 2013, EndNote Web was changed to EndNote Basic.  Some databases and websites will still refer to EndNote Web.

EndNote is a software program that stores and organizes citations, and enables you to import citations directly into a Word document. EndNote is available for both Macintosh and Windows users.

How does EndNote work?
You can enter records into an EndNote library in several ways:

  1. You can type in the citation information manually.
  2. You can import references directly from an online database. (preferred method!)
  3. You can import references from a text file.
  4. You can search a database from within an EndNote Library.

There are two "versions" of EndNote available to DePauw University users: the EndNote client, (for faculty use only, download program from a CD) and also EndNote Web (go to to sign up; this version is available to all DePauw users.)

What's the difference between EndNote Basic and EndNote?

  • EndNote Basic has a storage limit of 50,000 citations
  • EndNote Basic is web-based, so you need an Internet connection. You'll also create a free account for yourself (go to and you'll have to log in every time you access your EndNote Basic account.

Need more help? Contact librarian Caroline Gilson (