Reference Managers - EndNote

Getting Started

Quick Start



On campus, software can be found on workstations in the following locations (please note that access to labs on some campuses may be restricted to students of that particular school):


Use to search online bibliographic databases, download and organize references, images and PDFs in any language, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly.

The most widely-used personal bibliographic software, allows users to search for, retrieve, and store citations from bibliographic databases such as ABI Inform, the Web of Science, Anthropological Literature, the MLA Bibliography, and the catalogs of individual libraries and library consortia. The desktop databases it creates can be useful in tracking usage of resources for a major research project, creating reading lists, or simply maintaining a list of materials relevant to one's interests and study. Because it links directly to word-processing programs such as Microsoft Word, enables users to add and format citations for papers as they write.

To learn how to use , go to the workshops page for a class schedule.


By terms of the license, all current students, faculty, and staff of Columbia University, including Barnard College, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary, can download and install a free personal copy of on their computers via the CUIT software server.  The program is also installed on campus lab and electronic classroom workstations.

If, for some reason, you are unable to download the program at home, call 212-854-7547 to see about other possible arrangements.

Tip: If you have an older version of EndNote installed already, copy any existing libraries to a safe location and uninstall the older version. When installing the newest version, be sure to select "full installation."


Learning Endnote

Your desktop copy of should include a copy of the Manual. To get a quick overview of the program, read "Chapter 3: The Guided Tour." This should be enough to get you started. You can return to other chapters once you have become a more advanced user and want more detailed information about particular features.

also provides online tipsheets that deal with specific topics.

The Libraries offer free hands-on workshops on using all of the citation management software programs. You can access information about the dates and times and register online on the Libraries Workshop Page.

Getting Help

You can Ask a Librarian any questions relating to library-supported resources. You can do so in person at a reference desk, by e-mail, by phone, or in an online chat session.

You may also want to contact the Digital Humanities Center, located in Butler Library, either by e-mail or telephone at (212) 854-7547.

 also provides support and documentation on their website.

Filters & Connection Files

See our comprehensive list of filters for databases available via the Columbia University Libraries website.

As you will quickly learn, an important feature of are its download filters and connection files, which enable you to import bibliographic data more or less automatically from a range of electronic databases. The version of you have installed on your desktop or find at a lab workstation includes a fairly up-to-date collection of these files.

However, database interfaces frequently change, and when they do, an old filter or connection file may no longer work properly. In addition, the number of online databases is enormous, far more than the number for which has yet managed to produce a filter or connection file. As a result, you may find yourself needing a new or better filter or connect file.

PLEASE NOTE: While provides many connection files for subscription databases from commercial publishers such as First Search or Silver Platter, you will be unable to use most of them, with the exception of those from ISI and Ovid. In almost every case when you are dealing with a commercial database of this kind, you will need to use an import filter instead. On the other hand, connection files are what you usually will want to use when importing records from publicly accessible databases, such as individual library catalogs.

Because filters as well as connection files are simply files that reside in one of two folders on your desktop, it is easy to download new or updated ones. You can find the latest versions of many filters and connection files online on the page listed above or at the website.

Tip: Since such files are relatively easy (for an advanced user) to create, many can also be found at the websites of other institutions using , using a web search engine such as Google to find documents containing the words "endnote filter" (or "endnote connection") and the name of the database for which the file is needed. In some cases, the Digital Humanities Center often can also create a filter for you on its own or with the assistance of the technical support team.