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EndNote Basics

Bibliographic management software makes it easy to collect and organize references to any type of information, from journal articles to multimedia files. The software also allows students and researchers to insert their citations into papers and format them for publication painlessly. 

Get EndNote

Get EndNote desktop software!

EndNote is available to registered users of the D. Samuel Gottesman Library who are affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Contact your IT department to install EndNote software on an institutional computer. 

Read the Installation Tips before proceeding!

Download EndNote for Windows and Macs. Available versions:

About older versions:
  • After installing EndNote X9.0 for Windows, follow prompts to update to X9.2.
  • EndNote X9.3.1 for Macs - is compatible with Mac OS Yosemite & higher, and required for Catalina!


Installation tips

Before installing or upgrading

  1. Check EndNote's Compatibility & Requirements page to make sure your operating system and word processor are compatible with the new versions. 
  2. It is best practice to uninstall older versions of EndNote before you install a new one. Be sure to back up your libraries, custom styles, filters, or connection files before upgrading.
  3. The easiest way to backup your library is to go to File > Compressed Library > Accept default settings. This will create a compressed version of your Library, including all file attachments. The file will have a .enlx extension.
  4. Be sure to exit all Microsoft Office applications before installing EndNote. After installation, open Microsoft Word to make sure the EndNote toolbar is installed and activated.
  5. EndNote X20 uses a new database structure. Learn more about converting your library.


  1. After downloading the EndNote installer .EXE file, double click to begin the installation process
  2. Accept the default settings and agree to the license terms.
  3. When you open EndNote for the first time, follow the prompts to install program updates.


  1. After downloading the EndNote installer .dmg file, double click to begin the installation process.
  2. The installer should open on your desktop.
  3. Accept the default settings and agree to the license terms.
  4. EndNote will walk you through the setup process.

If you have a new Mac with the Apple M1 chip, please follow these steps outlined in EndNote's Knowledgebase.

If you have technical questions, please contact EndNote Technical Support at 1.800.336.4474.

What you need to know about EndNote 20's new database structure!

EndNote 20 uses a new database structure. If you are upgrading from EndNote X9.2 or earlier, you will be prompted to convert your existing library to the new format.

EndNote warning to convert your library to new format

  • EndNote will append the word "converted" to your converted library.  For example, if your original library was named "My EndNote Library.enl," your newly-converted library will be named "My EndNote Library-Converted.enl."


  • If you are on EndNote X9.2 or earlier and are using EndNote's Sync function, you can safely convert your  library with EndNote 20. When you Sync your newly-converted library, your previously-synced library content should not become duplicated. This workflow is the best practice for users upgrading their library structure with EndNote 20. A synced library contains internal identifiers indicating its syncing status.

If you have questions about this, please contact EndNote Technical Support at 1.800.336.4474.