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Referencing & EndNote: Introduction

The Glucksman Library's guide to referencing and using EndNote in the University of Limerick.

What is EndNote

EndNote is a type of reference management software which allows you to create your own reference database and then to use that database to generate a bibliography in your papers, books and theses. It is available in both Desktop and Online versions with EndNote X9 being the current Desktop version. The EndNote supplier is Clarivate Analytics

EndNote helps users:

  • Gather references automatically from databases;
  • Format  documents and citations instantly in a variety of styles;
  • Generate bibliographies;
  • Create and organise a personal research database of references, images and PDFs;
  • Share citations with colleagues.

Training at the Glucksman Library

Check our list of upcoming workshops 

EndNote Q&A session - online webinar

This session is hosted by EndNote on Fridays's at 4pm Irish time. 

This is an open question-and-answer drop-in webinar, much like a professor's office hours.  Drop in any time during the session to get answers about how to use EndNote.  Registration is required, but participants' identities will not be shared during the call.  

Upcoming sessions and registration is available on the EndNote training page

Difference between EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online

The Endnote desktop software stores the program and your citation library locally on your computer.  EndNote Desktop has more functionality than EndNote online, including customising output styles for specific publications. Synchronise it with EndNote online to continue to work on any PC on- or off-campus.

EndNote Online (previously called EndNote web) is a web based version of EndNote and your references are stored in the cloud on Clarivate Analytics servers. It has all the functionality you need to store and use references, plus customised styles. It can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

Installing EndNote Desktop

UL Students and Staff members can install EndNote X9 on their personally owned computers as well as UL owned computers.

  • To install EndNote X9 on your UL build PC go to: Start > Programs > Specialist Software (or Install Software) > EndNote X9.
  • If you wish to install EndNote X9 on your personal computer you can request the installation files by contacting the Library using Ask Us / Tell Us (