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Creating an EndNote Library Print Page

What is an "EndNote library"

"Library" is the term used by EndNote to describe a file where you have stored a database of references. A library can contain up to 100,000 references.

All references can be kept in the one library, and grouped to reflect any particular subject interest. We strongly recommend that you maintain one library only.

Setting up a default library

Select: Edit>Preferences>Libraries 

The default library will open automatically when you open EndNote.


Using Toolbars

There is a toolbar at the top of the library window.

Positioning your mouse over the buttons on the toolbar displays the name of the button.

The window for each reference also has a toolbar.

Commands on the toolbars can also be accessed from the menu bar at the top of the screen.



There are three modes of operation for EndNote.

endnote mode icons  The first icon is for working in Local Library mode. This is the recommended mode at UNE.

endnote mode icons   The second icon (Online Search) is for searching outside databases from within EndNote so you can download references directly into your EndNote library. This is not recommended as it does not work for many of the UNE databases.

endnote mode icons  The third icon is the Integrated Library & Online Search Mode. Using this mode will import references directly into your local library.


Creating a library

From the menu select File, New.

You will see a dialogue box like this, with My EndNote Library.enl as the name of the new library:

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New Library Dialogue Box

  • Select the folder where you wish to save the library.
  • In the File name box, type a name for your library.
  • Click on Save. You should see a new library window, like this:

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Preview pane

The Preview Pane has three content options:

    1. Reference allows editing of the selected reference.
    2. Preview will show you what your formatted references look like.
    3. Attached PDF allows you to view and annotate an attached PDF.

Right click on the PDF title to open the PDF in a separate PDF viewer, or to open it within EndNote in a separate window where it can also be annotated. To change how your screen appears, click on the Layout button at bottom right of the screen.


Groups pane

The Groups Pane at the left of the library window allows you to organise your references into groups.

'You can close the Groups Pane by clicking on the Layout button at bottom right of the screen.


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