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Kathryn Briggs
ATU Library, Galway City, Dublin Road, Galway, H91 T8NW
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What is EndNote?


EndNote Online is a web based reference management tool that helps you organise your references of the resources you have read and then put them in to the format required for your assignments.

There are two versions of EndNote Online (or Basic):

  1. The free version of EndNote Basic has 21 styles and a very limited number of filters and connection files. This version is available to anybody.
  2. EndNote Online, available as part of the Web of Science, has thousands of styles and hundreds of filters and connection files. This version is available in ATU.


Once your account is created using the Web of Science, it can be used on any computer (see How to create an EndNote Online account).

Features of EndNote Online

EndNote Online allows you to:

  • store references online
  • share references with other people
  • use a feature called 'Cite while you write' which allows you to insert references in your Word documents and automatically create a reference list or bibliography


EndNote Online allows users to create, store and manage references, up to 50,000 per account, and it includes many other features for advanced researchers including an option to best match your work to a particular journal or journals. In addition, it allows 2GB of file storage (PDF and images).

The 'Cite While You Write' feature allows you to insert references from your EndNote library into a Word document and it will automatically create and format your bibliography in MS Word.

The Library provides training on EndNote Online throughout the year. Please check our calendar for the training schedule.


Why do I need to provide references?

It is extremely important to cite and reference your sources in any work you produce for your assignments.

Referencing is a way of acknowledging that you have used the ideas and written material of another author. It demonstrates that you have searched the appropriate literature and that you have carried out reading on your topic. It enables anyone reading your work to look up your references and read them for themselves.

Also, if you use someone else's work without giving them credit, you can be accused of plagiarism.

There are many referencing styles available (e.g. Harvard, Chicago, Vancouver). Check with your department as to the style required by your lecturer or supervisor.