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EndNote desktop: self-paced learning

This guide is written with the needs of academic staff and higher degree research students in mind.

Undergraduates are encouraged to see the guide for EndNote Web - easy and online!

What is EndNote?

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a bibliographic management system.

diagram showing article title and arrow indicating corresponding reference entry

What does that mean? You can:

  • gather references from a variety of sources
  • add formatted in-text citations and references into your own documents

You can also:

  • organise your references, including annotating PDF full-text attachments
  • synchronise your references between your work and personal computers
  • share references with your research team, supervisor, etc

Installing EndNote

Federation University Declaration for the use of ENDNOTE Software Licence

The Endnote agreement conditions are:

  • I am an enrolled student/staff member of Federation University
  • I understand I am downloading the ENDNOTE software under the conditions of an agreement between Federation University and ISI ResearchSoft Inc.
  • I may only load the software onto a University owned computer or my personal computer, for use in my learning or research studies.
  • Should I cease to be a student or staff member of Federation University I must immediately remove the ENDNOTE software from my computer
  • I am aware of and understand the Regulations of Federation University regarding the use of computing and communications facilities.

I declare that I have read the information and fully understand the conditions under which I may use the ENDNOTE software licence.

Before installing EndNote: Close down any programs in the Office suite of programs (includes Outlook).

To install EndNote on your own personally-maintained computer:

(Note: laptop computers provided by FedUni to research students and staff are not "personally-controlled" - see "FedUni-maintained", below)

The two files in the Windows download MUST be copied from the downloaded zip file into another destination folder first (your Windows desktop is OK).

Do this before running the installer (ENX8Inst) from the destination folder.


DO NOT attempt to run the installer by double-clicking on the download, then directly double-clicking on ENX8Inst in the preview.

To install EndNote on your FedUni-maintained Windows 10 computer:

  • Click the search icon near the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • Start typing in the word software
  • Click the Software Center in the list of search results.
  • Find EndNote X9 in the list of software, anc click to install. Follow any prompts

From time to time EndNote will provide update patches to fix problems and improve performance.

If you get a notification about an update whenever you start EndNote, the Library recommends you download and install the update.