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EndNote: Introduction

This guide introduces the reference management software EndNote and provides resources for learning to use it.

Introducing EndNote

EndNote is a software program that allows you to:

  • Create and organise a database of your references
  • Store PDF documents and other files with your references 
  • Automatically format in-text citations and bibliographies in your chosen reference style

Note: EndNote is not a substitute for knowing how to construct the reference style you are required to use for your courses or publications.
(For more information on reference styles, see the options listed under ‘How do I reference with’ in the Guides directory.)

Who can use EndNote?

UWA staff and students can download EndNote X7 from the UWA Software Download site onto their personal machines for free. EndNote is available on all UWA subject library computers. 

Windows users please note: the download option on the UWA Software Download site may not work using Internet Explorer, but will work using Firefox or Chrome.

For instructions on how to install the UWA-licensed EndNote software, visit:
Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Windows
Instructions for downloading and installing UWA-licensed EndNote for Mac

View this quick overview of EndNote X7 (available from video tutorials)

View our EndNote Help page for more instructions and tips for using EndNote. Our EndNote Help page will be updated regularly with answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

View these other videos from for a quick introduction to using EndNote for Windows and Mac versions: 

How to use EndNote in 7 minutes (Windows version) - video

How to use EndNote in 6 minutes (Mac version) - video

EndNote compatibility

EndNote is compatible with both Windows and Mac platforms. For full compatibility details and system requirements, visit

EndNote is compatible with Office 2013 and 2016.  

View the full details regarding compatibility with the various versions of Word at

*** NEW *** Mac compatibility problems resolved with latest version of Word 2016 (Version 15.22.1)

EndNote X7 Cite While You Write is compatible with Word 2016 (Version 15.22.1) on OS X El Capitan (10.11) and Yosemite (10.10).

Attention Microsoft Word 2016 users, Word version 15.22.1 has been released May14th 2016. 
This update from Microsoft fixes the incompatibility issues experienced with Word version 15.22.

If you rolled back to a previous version of Word 2016 and need instructions on how to update to the latest version, please go to: