What Is EndNote?
EndNote is a citation management system designed to keep track of references in your research. It offers many different reference types, including journal articles, books, conference proceedings, maps, and theses. You can import references directly from many online databases, copy and paste from online citations, or manually type in the reference. Once entered, a reference may be edited or deleted as needed. EndNote also works with many word processing programs (e.g. Word) to easily create in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies, in many different citation styles, while writing your paper.
But What Can It Do For Me?
EndNote can keep you organized (or at least help). As you are researching your topic, you will accumulate many references to materials you will use while writing your paper. In the past, scholars have resorted to keeping these citations on note cards, paper, napkins, gum wrappers, and the palms of their hands. EndNote allows you to create a library of relevant citations and automatically insert and format footnotes and bibliographies into your papers.
So How Do I Get It?
Most computers on campus have EndNote loaded on them; however, it will be most useful to have it on your own computer. Wesleyan students and faculty can obtain a free copy of EndNote from ITS on WesFiles - navigate to the "Software" folder, then to MacSoft/All or PCSoft/All and look for the EndNote folder.
I Need More Help
This EndNote tutorial is created to help answer some of the basic questions you may have as you start working with the software. It is by no means exhaustive. For more help, contact Kendall Hobbs, Research Services Librarian, Olin Library, 860-685-3962 or email@example.com