EndNote libraries should be kept on your computer's hard drive. Storing and editing libraries on a network drive can lead to corruption and performance issues.
EndNote libraries should never be stored in cloud-syncing folders such as DropBox, OneDrive, Box, SugarSync, etc. Syncing folders corrupt EndNote libraries over time.
By uploading a Word document to Google Drive and then downloading, there is potential for the embedded EndNote references to stop working. So if you upload a Word document to Google Drive and then download, when you go to insert another reference, it may number the new reference as the 1st reference.
Uninstall your previous version of EndNote before installing a new version.
References in EndNote libraries can be synchronized between desktop and laptop computers, the online library, and an iPad using EndNote Sync.
This guide was originally begun by Erin Mooney, a Librarian at the Robert W. Woodruff Library (University Library), who recently retired. Many thanks to Erin for starting and maintaining the EndNote Guide for so many years. For assistance with EndNote, please contact Mia S. Whiteor use
EndNote is a database program for managing bibliographic citations. [EndNote 20 Requires Mac OS 10.14X or higher to run.]
It automates much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies in your writing.
EndNote can connect to online sources such as library catalogs and article databases, output results in over 1,000 different bibliographic styles, and more.
There are two versions of EndNote -- a standalone desktop program, and EndNote Online/Web, a cloud-based version. If you want to use both, they can be synced so that you have the same references in both places.
This guide is a quick reference to some of EndNote's frequently used features.
For EndNote X9 Users
Clarivate has an EndNote X9 guide with pretty much everything you need to know about how to use the program.