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EndNote: EndNote Online

Help page for EndNote bibliographic management software

About EndNote Online

EndNote Online is the online component to EndNote, the desktop product you have installed on your own computers.  Go to to create your login and start using EndNote Online. With EndNote Online, you can perform many of the same functions that the desktop product offers, such as

  • accessing your library of references
  • exporting references from databases
  • sharing references with colleagues, and
  • Cite While You Write

You will find instructions on using these features on the other tabs of this guide.

This chart compares the features and capabilities of EndNote and EndNote Online.


Sync EndNote Desktop and Online

Sync Your Libraries

EndNote can synchronize an unlimited number of references and 5,000 groups between an EndNote online and desktop library, including up to 5 gigabytes of attachments.

  • For the first synchronization, ALL references and custom groups will be copied in both directions. This will result in duplicates if the same references reside on the device and EndNote online.
  • Only one EndNote library on a device and one EndNote online account can be synchronized, so it is best to keep all your references in one library and use groups to categorize them.
  • Make a backup copy of your EndNote desktop library before your first synchronization by selecting Compressed Library from the File menu. This provides a backup in case you have problems.
  • If you delete references or attachments from one library, they will be deleted from the other synchronized libraries with the next synchronization. Technical support will not be able to restore references you have deleted and then synced, so making frequent backups of your desktop library is essential.
  • Synchronization will always be of the complete library. There is no selective synchronization.