Bibliography management software

Get an EndNote Web Account Here – Click on “create an account” above the login box, and use your ISU email address. 

EndNote Web – What is it?

EndNote Web is a cloud-computing bibliographic management application. Its purpose is to help you to collect, organize, and use citations in your research. With an EndNote Web account, you can keep track of up to 50,000 references and format them in over 3300 different citation styles. The software allows you to organize your citations into groups so that material for multiple projects can be kept separate and even shared with other users as you like.

References can be imported into the software directly from an article database and, if you have a PDF or other file of the article, you can attach it to the reference so that you know where to find it later (up to a 2GB total for your account).

When you need to use your references in a paper you’re writing, the software has a few ways to make your life easier. EndNote Web can create a bibliography for you from your stored references, in whatever citation format you choose. Alternately, if you download and install the Cite-While-You-Write plugin (available for download from inside your EndNote Web account), you can have the software insert in-line citations and automatically generate a bibliography in your Microsoft Word document as you’re writing.

What are the different versions of EndNote?

 There are four different versions of EndNote available: 

EndNote Basic is a free cloud-based version of EndNote that is open for use by anyone. It currently offers 21 popular citation styles and other basic features.

EndNote Web is the cloud-based version that the ISU Library supports through workshops and training.  EndNote Web is a much more powerful version of EndNote Basic that is available free to the ISU community due to the ISU Library's subscription to the Web of Science databases.  All ISU students, faculty, and staff can set up a free EndNote Web account.  EndNote Web currently offers 50K of reference storage, 2 GB of attachment storage, more than 3300 citation styles, and more than 500 databases that it will interface with directly. 

EndNote X7 is desktop software you buy and install on your own computer.  It does not require an Internet connection to use, although it can be synced with EndNote Online - see below. It is the most complex and has the most options of any EndNote product, but you must purchase it yourself and the Library does not support all of its features. EndNote currently provides unlimited reference storage, unlimited attachment storage, and more than 6000 citation styles.

EndNote Online is a cloud application that provides owners of EndNote X6 or X7 to have unlimited reference storage and five GB of attachment storage. You must first purchase EndNote X6 or X7 to have access to EndNote Online. It currently offers unlimited storage of references, more than 3300 citation styles, and 5 GB of attachment storage.

You can compare the features of the different EndNote products. To see the differences between EndNote Basic and EndNote Web, check the box next to the statement I have Web of Science.   You'll see the information under EndNote Basic changes to show you the enhanced features of EndNote Web.

EndNote Web Support at the Iowa State University Library

All Subject Librarians are familiar with EndNote Web and can help you in getting your account set up and using it. If you have further questions about EndNote Web, please contact Jesse Garrison at He is the main contact person for EndNote Web questions and the coordinator of the Library’s EndNote Web workshops.  

You can also visit the Library's EndNote & EndNote Web Guide for general tips, tutorials, and links to more information.  The EndNote company also has a series of video tutorials available online.

EndNote Web Workshops

The Library teaches EndNote Web workshops throughout the year.  The workshops are introductory and require no previous experience with EndNote Web. You also can arrange to have an EndNote Web session for your class.  To arrange a class session, contact your subject librarian.   




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