Best Practices

Importing Citations

When using EndNote to keep track of your citations, you should save citations to your EndNote account as you find them in a database. Don't wait until the end of the project, as it's easiest to get citations into EndNote directly from the database where you found the source. EndNote Web cannot create citations if you only have a PDF of the article; in this case you'll have to add the citation elements by hand or find it in a database and import it.

Duplicate Citations

You can check for duplicates in your EndNote account by going to Organize and Find Duplicates. Duplicate citations can lead to the same citation being added to your bibliography twice if you insert both into your paper.

Correcting Citations

If you find an error in your citation, fix it in EndNote rather than in your paper. This will ensure the citation is correct when you use that source again. You can click Update Bibliography on the EndNote Tab in Word to pull the updated citation elements into your paper.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a bibliographic citation manager. It helps you keep track of citation information for the resources you plan to use in your papers and projects. It also creates bibliographies using the citations you’ve collected in APA, MLA, Chicago, or several other citation style formats.

EndNote Web and its Cite While You Write plug-in allow you to easily create in-text citations within Microsoft Word. At the same time, they compile a reference page for you in Word using only the sources that you’ve cited in your paper.   

EndNote Desktop is available for faculty and staff. We currently use EndNote x8. The desktop version allows you to attach files (like article PDFs) and store unlimited references (versus the 50,000 allowed in EndNote Web). Faculty and staff may email the to have EndNote Desktop installed on their campus-owned desktop or laptop.

Creating an EndNote account & installing Cite While You Write

  1. From the library homepage, click on Citation Help under Use The Library         An Image of the Use the Library links on the Library homepage
  2. Click EndNote WebClick EndNote Web
  3. Click Register and sign up for an account using your email. Be sure to check your junk folder if the confirmation email doesn't show up in your inbox.Click Register
  4. If working on your personal machine, click on the Downloads tab at the top right of the page to get the Cite While You Write plug-in for Word (Cite While You Write is installed on all campus lab and library computers).Click Downloads
  5. Download the Cite While You Write installer by clicking on either the first Download Windows or the Download Macintosh link as applicable. NOTE: Make sure all instances of Word and Outlook are closed before installing the plug-in. See the boxes below for detailed installation instructions.Choose your download

Windows Cite While You Write Installation

Windows Instructions

To download and install the Cite While You Write plug-in to use with Word for Windows:.

  1. Close all open windows of Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  2. Make sure you are logged on to EndNote in a Web browser, and then click the Downloads tab on the banner.
  3. Click the Download Windows (with Internet Explorer plug-in) link to save the EndNotePlugins.exe installer to your computer.
  4. Click the Run button, Open, or double click on the .exe file depending on your browser, when the download is complete. This will launch the installation program.
  5. Continue with the installation.
  6. Select features. Click the drop-down to and select an option to install the feature on your hard drive. You may install both the IE plug-in and the CWYW for Word feature. Or you may install one or the other.
  7. To verify the installation of Cite While You Write, open Word and look for the Cite While You Write toolbar.
  8. To verify the installation of the Internet Explorer toolbar, open Internet Explorer and look for the EndNote online toolbar. If it is not visible, select the View menu, Toolbars and check EndNote online.

Macintosh Cite While You Write Installation

Macintosh Instructions

To download and install the Cite While You Write plug-in to use with Word:

  1. Make sure you are logged on to EndNote in a Web browser, and then click the Downloads tab on the banner.
  2. Click the Download Macintosh link to download the Cite While You Write installation disk image.
  3. Make sure no applications are running. Close any other programs that are open, especially Word.
  4. Double-click the Cite While You Write.dmg file.
  5. Drag the EndNote Web folder to the Applications folder on your hard drive. (Found in the left toolbar of the Finder app)
  6. Double-click on the Applications folder, then the EndNote online folder, and finally the ENWeb_installer file.
  7. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.