EndNote Online Tutorial

EndNote Online is a citation software tool that allows you to save and organize citations needed for your research.  You can also create a bibliography that can easily be inserted into a paper, presentation, webpage, etc.  EndNote Online provides hundreds of citation styles to choose from, including the frequently-used APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.

Before you begin, you'll need to create a free account with EndNote Online.

Exporting Records from Library Databases to EndNote Online

The following short videos demonstrate the process of exporting references to EndNote from a variety of online library databases:

You can also create citations from scratch in EndNote Online by choosing the Collect - New Reference tab.  Select the "Reference Type" (i.e. book, newspaper article, DVD, web page, etc.) and fill in the required fields.

Need more help?

We put together a playlist of tutorials on using EndNote Online if you need further assistance.

Using EndNote Online to Create a Bibliography

When you are ready to insert the bibliography into your research paper, follow the steps outlined below.

Step One: Log into EndNote Online.

Step Two: Click on the "My References" tab and scan through to make sure all needed references are listed.  If any are missing, either export the bibliographic record from a library database or create a citation from scratch (instructions above).

Step Three: Click on the "Format" tab and select "Bibliography".

Step Four: Select the references you want included in your bibliography, the citation style, and the file format.  In the example below, I chose to include all of the references in my library, the APA citation style, and the RTF file format (so I can easily insert this into a Microsoft Word document).


Step Five: Click Save.  A pop-up box will appear that allows you to open the document in Microsoft Word or other word-processing software.

Step Six: Verify that all the citations have been formatted correctly and make any needed adjustments.

Note: If you use Microsoft Word as your primary word-processing software, you may consider installing the "Cite While You Write Plug-In" from EndNote Online.  This will install an additional toolbar directly into Microsoft Word so you can quickly access all of your citations.

Cite While You Write Plug-In

If you need more advanced help using EndNote Online, check out their help menu.