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EndNote referencing software: Step 1: Setup EndNote Software

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

In this Learning Path section (15 mins, included Endnote download): 


Troubleshooting Endnote Software setup

If you have trouble downloading Endnote or can't see the Endnote tab in your version of MS Word get in touch with us for help; either via our AskUWA contact email or Live Chat.   You can also book an online consult with a librarian via the Book A Librarian

How to download EndNote Desktop Software


The Endnote Referencing desktop software is provided free to all UWA Staff and Students.   You can download a copy for your personal computer from the University's Software Centre. 

There are just a few things to watch out for when setting up your EndNote desktop software - the most important being to make sure the license file you have downloaded - the License.dat file - is in the same folder as the installation files - ENX9Inst.msi - before starting to install EndNote.

So make sure you download these instructions and follow them to successfully download Endnote from the Software Center. 

Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Windows

Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Mac

Click to download EndNote from the UWA Software Download site


Mac users please note:

  • The Mac operating system, Catalina, released in late September 2019 will only work with EndNote X9.  Make sure you regularly install the EndNote updates when available.
  • When installing EndNote on Mojave OS you may need to perform this additional step
  • EndNote X8.2 will only work on computers running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite) and above. 
  • If you upgrade your computer to MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) EndNote X7 will no longer work.  You will have to uninstall EndNote X7 and install EndNote X8.  You will also need Word 15.30 or higher to use Cite While You Write.
  • EndNote X7 and X8 work with Mojave however there are some compatibility issues

Windows users please note:

  • The download option on the UWA Software Download site may not work using Internet Explorer, but will work using Firefox or Chrome.

View our EndNote FAQ page for more instructions and tips for using EndNote. 

Do you need to download a referencing style?

Referencing styles refer to the rules for how to write out references; what information to include and the order to write it in.

The Endnote software installation comes with a large number of pre-loaded referencing style files. The referencing style files pre-loaded into Endnote are what helps to automate the creation of individual references within Endnote and in MS Word. 

However, three of the referencing styles we use here at UWA are not pre-loaded and so if you are required to use these you will need to download and install them.  These are: 

Follow the links to these Referencing guides for information about how to download these referencing styles and get them into your Endnote.  

Does the EndNote tab appear in Word?

If you have successfully installed your Endnote desktop software, you will find that your version of MS Word now includes an EndNote tab. 

This is the main way in which you will later insert references into your documents as you work and toggle from MS Word to your Endnote Library. 

After you have successfully installed Endnote open a Word file and check for the Endnote tab.  Contact us to troubleshoot if it is not there. 

Endnote Tab in Word PC environment: 

Endnote in WordPC


Endnote Tab in Word Mac environment: 

Endnote in Mac Word

EndNote Terminology and Concepts

This video segment from "Endnote Essentials" will introduce you to some of the core "Endnote Concepts and Terminology" (1m54s) that we will be using throughout this learning path. 



EndNote concepts and terminology from EndNote Essential Training by David Rivers



► Your ready for Step 2 - Begin and Endnote Library