Support for Bibliographic Management Software

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11-Dec-2013 Newsletter article

EndNote Web – What is it?

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

References can be imported into the system directly from an article database and, if a PDF or other file of the article exists, it can be attached to the reference for later discovery (up to a 2GB total per account).

To utilize references in a written paper, EndNote Web has some built-ins to simplify the process. The system can create a bibliography from stored references, in the desired citation format. Alternately, l the Cite-While-You-Write plugin can be downloaded and installed (available from inside the EndNote Web account). The system will insert in-text citations and automatically generate a bibliography in the document as it’s written.

The EndNote creators have a series of video tutorials available.

What about EndNote 7 and EndNote Basic online?

 There are four different "levels" of EndNote to keep in mind:

EndNote 7 is an application to buy and install on the computer and does not require an internet connection to use (although it can be synced with the online options). It is the most complex and has the most options of any EndNote product. It must be purchased and the University Library does not support all of its features.

EndNote online is the cloud application that provides unlimited reference storage and five GB of attachment storage. Users who own EndNote 6 or 7 have access to EndNote Online.

EndNote Basic is a free bare-bones cloud-based system that anybody can use.

EndNote Web is supported at the Library. Another name for EndNote Web is EndNote Basic Online. It is essentially an upgraded version of Endnote Basic that includes many more choices for citation formats and a larger number of databases that it will interface with directly. EndNote Web has the same features as EndNote Online but provides less reference and attachment storage.

Compare the different "levels" of EndNote here. To see the differences between EndNote Basic and EndNote Web, check the box next to “I have Web of Knowledge” – our subscription to that database (and other Thomson Reuter products) is why we can offer this upgrade free to ISU students and staff.

EndNote online Support at the Iowa State University Library

All members of the Library Reference and Instruction Department have a basic knowledge of EndNote Web and can assist in getting accounts set up and using it. For questions about any EndNote product, contact Sarah Passonneau at, the contact person for EndNote questions and the coordinator of the Library’s EndNote Web workshops.

Visit our EndNote/EndNote Web Library Guide for general tips, tutorials, and links to more information.

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