What is EndNote?

EndNote has been called the "Cadillac" of citation tools because it is probably the most sophisticated of the citation tool options. The user interface is highly customizable and it is very robust. However, it may take a bit longer to learn than other tools and the most robust version usually costs money, but there's an educational discount for Harvard students.

Strengths of EndNote

  • Can handle large collections of citations
  • Has unlimited storage space
  • Many library databases offer a direct export option for EndNote
  • Has professional technical support
  • Can view & annotate PDFs directly in EndNote
  • Especially good for life sciences

Getting Started with EndNote

All Harvard:

* Users with a Harvard ID can purchase EndNote at a discount through HUIT's third-party web store managed by OntheHub network.

* Anyone can try EndNote without purchase using their 30-day trial: http://endnote.com/downloads/30-day-trial

FAS affiliates:

* FAS students, faculty, and staff can download EndNote free of charge from the FAS software downloads page.

EndNote at Harvard

EndNote and HOLLIS
Import (add) citations from HOLLIS and HOLLIS Classic.

Setting up Find Full Text
Configure EndNote to find full text articles through Harvard's online systems.

Setting up OpenURL
Configure EndNote to link from references to full text articles through Find It @ Harvard.

EndNote Classes at Harvard

EndNote Basics (September)
Wednesday, 9/20, 2-3 PM
Cabot Library Instruction Room (lower level)

  • Registration will be available here two weeks prior to the class.


EndNote Basics (October)
Thursday, 10/12, 3-4 PM
Lamont Library B30

  • Registration will be available here two weeks prior to the class.


Additionally, we may offer an EndNote class in November, if demand exists.

Getting Help with EndNote

EndNote offers excellent support tools at http://endnote.com. There are video tutorials and webinars for task-based support, and a thorough technical question FAQ. EndNote also maintains an extensive knowledge base that can be mined for answers to more obscure problems.

See EndNote Help in our supplementary EndNote guide for specific links and tips.

For local support, contact:

Anna Assogba
Research Librarian
Lamont & Widener Libraries

Paul Bain
Research and Education Librarian
Countway Library

Carla Lillvik
Research & Distance Services Librarian
Gutman Library