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EndNote referencing software: GET EndNote

Software that helps automate your referencing. In this guide find out about EndNote, download EndNote (UWA staff and students only) and complete our EndNote Learning Path

Getting EndNote

This section will guide you through how you install EndNote V20 on your personal device and how you can access or install EndNote on the UWA staff and student computers. 

Remember:  EndNote Software is provided free for all UWA staff and students, so do not follow any prompts to purchase EndNote.

Ways to get EndNote

Students will find the installation packages for EndNote V20.2 are available from the UWA Software Download site.

There are different installation packages for Windows and Mac devices. 

EndNote works together with MS Word to allow you to Cite While you Write.  You will need to have MS Word installed prior to running the EndNote installation and make sure that the Word program is not running at the time. 

If you need to use either AGLC or Vancouver (Citing Medicine) referencing styles you will need to add these post-installation.  View the STYLEs Tab for further information or see the notes with the installation package. 


To Install EndNote

These are general instructions for a Windows installation but will be similar for a Mac environment. 

  • Download the installation package from the UWA Software site, logging in using your student Pheme.
  • Accept the licenses agreement to proceed to download.
  • A zipped installation package will be in your PC download folder.  Zip install image
  • Unzip this and copy all of the content to a new temporary folder within the main document folder area on your PC Image install zip file contents
  • Read the ‘Install Notes’ file for guidance on installation and updating of styles.  
  • Run the .msi installer package making sure the “License.dat” file is in the same folder as shown above. 
  • Make sure all applications are closed, especially MS Word, when you run the installation. 

Tip:  If during installation you are asked to type in a license key number the installation has been actioned incorrectly.  Go back and check that the “License.dat” file is in the same folder. 

Note:  If you have a prior version of EndNote, a copy of your library will be made to make it compatible with V20.  You will need to use this copy of your library going forward. 

Unlike previous versions, it’s not necessary to uninstall your prior X9 version before installing V20.  We would however recommend un-installing anything older than X9.



Both the EndNote 20 and EndNote X9 software versions can be found already installed on all student library and lab PC & Macs.

To open EndNote on a student PC

  • Search for EndNote in the “Type here to search” box on the LH bottom of the student PC search.

  • Click the version of EndNote you wish to use

OR if you are bringing an EndNote Library you have been using at home you can open it on a UWA device. 

  • Double click on your Endnote library file to open up the EndNote based on the version you are using. 

 See our Share tab for ways to use your library across multiple devices. 

Note:  Although both EndNote X9 and 20 are available within the Window’s PC environment the student Macs only have Version 20.    If you have a prior version of a EndNote Library and move to EndNote 20 a 'Copy of your library' will be made to make it compatible with V20.  You will need to use this copy of your library going forward. 


You can install EndNote or upgrade to EndNote V20.2 on your staff PC or Mac without having to place a service desk request.

To install or upgrade to EndNote V20.2

UWA staff can install copies of EndNote from the Windows Software Centre or MacIntosh Self Service Center for their work PC’s.

  • In the LH bottom "Type here to search box" enter 'software center'
Image Software Center App
  • Select the version of EndNote you wish to install from the available list of software
  • Review the installing EndNote steps which will be similar for both X9 and V20
  • There is no need to uninstall EndNote X9 prior to installing V20.  

Note:  EndNote X9 is still available but no longer listed in your Program shortcuts, go to your Program folder areas if you wish to open X9.  

If you have a prior version of a EndNote Library and move to EndNote 20 a 'Copy of your library' will be made to make it compatible with V20.  You will need to use this copy of your library going forward. 


EndNote exists in two versions, EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online. As part of your UWA provided EndNote software license you have two years access to EndNote Online also.   You need to have the desktop version installed before you can setup an online EndNote account. 

EndNote Online can provide a way to back-up your desktop version, however you can only associate one desktop library with your EndNote Online account.  It is also one of the ways you can share a library.   See our Share & Backup tab for more information. 

This guide is focussed on support for the use of the desktop version of Endnote.   We recommend mastering this desktop version first which has more functionality than the online version. 

If you would like to use EndNote Online please visit the Clarivate support materials at this link or review their EndNote Web help site

Read up about compatibility requirements for Windows and MacIntosh and for wordprocessor software:

Moving your library between different versions of EndNote

It is not possible to move back from EndNote version 20 to versions prior to EndNote version X9.3. 

As such If you are currently using versions X9.2 and prior you should first update them to version X9.3. 

You do this by first installing this version onto your device and then opening your EndNote Library in X9.3, and in doing so updating it to this version. 

Having a X9.3 version of your library will allow you to convert back to this version from EndNote 20 should you wish to.  

See this Clarivate FAQ link for further information. 

Note: If you have a prior version of a EndNote Library and move to EndNote 20 a 'Copy of your library' will be made to make it compatible with V20.  You will need to use this copy of your library going forward. 

EndNote software access after leaving UWA
If you leave the University your access to EndNote desktop will cease.  However, you will still be able to use EndNote Online.

There are two versions of EndNote Online: 'premium' and 'basic' .See this comparison chart for details.

You can retain 'premium' level access for up to one year after graduating. When this expires, your EndNote Online account will revert to an EndNote Basic account (the 'basic' version). This means you will have reduced storage capacity and limited access to styles.

To ensure you have 'premium' access for 1 year after graduating, you should either:

Create an EndNote Online account through EndNote desktop

Authenticate your EndNote online account just before you leave.


Useful information:

All students and staff members have access to a 'premium' level EndNote online account for 2 years from the date of creating their account through EndNote desktop.

If the University upgrades its version of EndNote, then EndNote online accounts are reactivated at the next sync (giving you 'premium' level access for 2 years from the upgrade date).

Once logged in to EndNote Online you can check the status of your account through Options > Subscription. You will see two expiration dates, one from the date you created your account and one from the last time you logged in from an authenticated IP address. The latter of the two applies.

Please note: If you sign up to EndNote online using your University email address you will need to change this as this address will become invalid 12 months after graduation. Change the email address you use to login to EndNote online through Options > Email Address.

See also this Guide published by Clarivate Analytics. 


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