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EndNote: EndNote Online

Help page for EndNote bibliographic management software

About EndNote Web

EndNote Web 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 Web. With EndNote Web, 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.


Sync Your Libraries

EndNote can synchronize an unlimited number of references and 5,000 groups between an EndNote online and desktop library. It is advisable to create a compressed library for backup before you begin the sync process. Go to the File menu and select Compress Library.

To synchronize your library:

  • In EndNote Desktop, click on Library along the top menu bar and then Sync from the dropdown menu options.
  • Changes will be made to EndNote Web the next time you login or refresh the page. 

Additional Info:

  • 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 Web.
  • Only one EndNote Web on a device and one EndNote Web account can be synchronized, so it is best to keep all your references in one library and use groups to categorize them.
  • 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.
  • Synchronization will always be of the complete library. There is no selective synchronization.

Sync EndNote Desktop and Online

Best Practices

EndNote is best used as a software with the Microsoft Word App/Desktop Version. To use EndNote most effectively, we recommend: 

  • Begin a document in Word online in OneDrive â€‹

  • Close the online document and open it in the Word App/Desktop version on your desktop​

  • Use the Word App/Desktop version to utilize EndNote's Cite While You Write feature