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EndNote Online

Introduction to Endnote Online


Use this guide to take you through the key elements of Endnote Online software (sometimes called Endnote Web).  The tabs on the right of the screen can be used to navigate section-by-section or to go direct to a specific topic as required.


EndNote Online (EO) is reference management software and has similarities as such to RefWorks, Zotero and other tools.

From the Autumn Term of 2021-22, it will be the recommended reference management software tool for students on undergraduate or taught postgraduate (PGT) courses at the University of Birmingham.

EO is web-based, allows storage of references from databases and other sources, and can be used with the Cite while you Write tool to insert citations and create reference lists directly in Word.

To get started:

You can continue to use the free basic version of EO (not attached to the University of Birmingham Web of Science subscription) when you leave the University.

If you are a research student (MRes, PhD etc.), researcher, or other member of University staff, we recommend you use EndNote Desktop.  Support for researchers is provided by the Research Skills Team. For details on how to obtain the EndNote Desktop software and access training opportunities (including links to self-enrol on dedicated EndNote Desktop Canvas courses), please consult the EndNote webpage.

If you are looking for help or information about data extraction or statistical software, check the SPSS page from Digital Skills (UoB) or the Data Extraction page on Dalhousie University Libraries' Systematic Reviews guide.


Other support material

From the suppliers of Endnote Online, Clarivate Analytics:

EndNote YouTube channel

Why you should reference

Why you should reference

  • You should include a reference every time you quote, paraphrase (i.e. write someone's information in your own words), summarise or gain ideas from another person's work

  • You should include a reference no matter what format the work takes (e.g. web page, tweet, journal article, email or diagram)

Guidance on referencing

  • Cite Them Right Online - Login top right as University of Birmingham (UoB users only) or through your own institutions's login. Includes video tutorials, support material and many individual examples of how to reference in different styles

  • iCite Guide - referencing web pages from Library Services, University of Birmingham

  • Confirm referencing style requirements with your Programme tutors: they are the final arbiters of your work

Good Academic Practice


This guide has been adapted with kind permission, from the Strathclyde University EndNote Online Libguide (in turn acknowledging Newcastle University, UK).

Screenshots courtesy of the suppliers concerned: products subscribed under license to University of Birmingham.

  • Clarivate Analytics for Web of Science and for Endnote Online itself
  • Elsevier for Ei Engineering Village and Scopus
  • Ex Libris for Primo search discovery tool (FindIt@Bham) and RefWorks
  • ITHAKA for Jstor
  • LWW Wolters Kluwer for Ovid databases
  • Proquest for RefWorks and Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts


  • Google for Google Scholar



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