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EndNote Reference manager

EndNote is a reference manager, it allows you to store references and the papers that you use in your research. In EndNote you can read and annotate the papers, share and discuss with colleagues and supervisors. The Word plug-in or even the Open Office editor helps you to write your papers, create citations and your reference list.

You can save full-text articles in your own database and use those to build reference lists in works you are writing. References can be imported via the import citation options many research databases offer. Full-texts can be saved instantly. The large output style library allows you to use EndNote for in-article citations and for almost all publishing styles and requested formats in the reference list. The University of Twente has a license for EndNote that also allows for it to be installed at home. It is possible to synchronize your EndNote library over different computers. 


Installation of EndNote is offered via Microsoft Software Center for ITC staff, and also via Notebook Service Centre, Software Manager (login required) in the category Data management. You could also download EndNote for the mobile phone. 

If you don't see your EndNote  toolbar in Word, please run once the option: Configure EndNote. 
It is not necessary to uninstall EndNote before installing a new version of EndNote.

EndNote Web 
EndNote web is your online EndNote library. It allows you to synchronize your library across Desktop, tablet and online. For a licensed user there is unlimited storage space for pdf’s and your library. Extended options for private group work are also available. These are your options: 

Your EndNote Web account login is the same as your Web Of Science personal account, or your login for Publons and vice versa. If you have neither you can also make an account using your email address. Go to MyEndNoteWeb

Other reference managers

There are more tools like EndNote but ITC decided to support Endnote and Mendeley actively. Other programs are for example Mendeley ( and Zotero ( Both are open source software; Zotero is a Firefox extension.


For technical questions please contact the IT helpdesk and for other questions you may contact the ITC Library.

EndNote 9

Endnote 9 has a smiliar look and feel as Endnote 8.

EndNote 9 first aid

If find full text does not work: Go to the top menu, Edit, Preferences, PDF handling, PDF auto import Folder, tick the box Enable automatic importing.

EndNote handout, manual and online guides

Below you find several instructional videos for EndNote. Some of these are only available for the X8 version. The differences with the new X9 version are however small, so these videos still provide valuable information. On the EndNote website you can also find manuals for the X9 version to complement the videos. 

YouTube Videos for EndNote

Short Videos

EndNote handout, manual and online guides

EndNote Styles, Import Filters and Connection File

BibTex and EndNote

What is BibTeX?

BibTeX is a tool for managing references so that they can be formatted using the LaTeX document preparation system. LaTeX is widely used in the physical sciences and engineering to format documents containing formulas, equations, etc.

BibTeX references are stored in plain text files, with the file extension .bib (e.g. references.bib).

A reference for a journal article in BibTeX looks like this:

language = {English}, 
title = {Properties of quadratic equations and their application to power system analysis}, 
journal = {International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy System}, 
author = {Makarov, Y.V. and Hill, D.J. and Hiskens, I.A.}, 
volume = {22}, 
number = {5}, 
year = {2000}, 
pages = {313--323}, 
issn = {0142-0615}, 
abstract = {A number of facts about quadratic algebraic problems and applied Newton-Raphson like methods are presented. The main results are about solution structure, loading trajectories, load flow feasibility boundaries and Newton-Raphson solutions. Various practically important applications of these properties are discussed. Although motivated by power flow problems, the results are valid for any problem described by an algebraic system of quadratic equations.}, 
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Converting EndNote References into BibTex Format

It is easy to convert references from your EndNote library into BibTeX format. This technique can also be used when a database does not support download in BibTeX format. In such cases, download the references to EndNote and then convert them into BibTeX.

Select the references in your EndNote library which you want to convert to BibTeX.

Go to the EndNote Style Manager, and select the style BibTeX Export.

Click on File and select Export.

When the dialog box opens, choose a name for your file and the location where you wish to save it. The file must be a text file (*.txt). In recent versions of EndNote, you must select the output style at the bottom of the Export File Name dialog box.

Open this file in a plain text editor (e.g. Notepad) to confirm that it is in BibTeX format. Close the file and change the name to BibTeX format, e.g. myrefs.bib