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Using EndNote off-campus

Manage your references off-campus

If you want to use your EndNote library when you are away from a University computer, there are three options:

  1. EndNote on your personal computer: you can download EndNote and synchronise libraries using EndNote Online.
  2. Desktop Anywhere: a service provided by the IT department that allows you to access your University desktop from a personal computer.
  3. EndNote Online: a web version of EndNote.

1. Install EndNote on your personal computer

Staff and students at the University can request EndNote from the IT Shop.

Go to the Miscellaneous section in the IT Shop, select EndNote and add it to your basket. Fill in your details and check out. IT will email you the EndNote files within two working days, with instructions on how to install the software.

When you have installed EndNote, you can keep your EndNote libraries synchronised between home and university.

First, synchronise your university PC with EndNote Online:

  • Using a university PC, open your EndNote library
  • Go to Edit, then Preferences
  • Choose Sync from the menu, and fill in the EndNote Web Account Credentials
  • At the bottom of the EndNote Preferences Sync window, there are also options to tell EndNote how often to sync the libraries.

Then synchronise your home device with EndNote Online:

  • Using your personal device, create and save a new EndNote Library with the same title as your university EndNote library
  • Go to Edit, then Preferences
  • Choose Sync from the menu, and fill in the EndNote Web Account Credentials
  • At the bottom of the EndNote Preferences Sync window, there are also options to tell EndNote how often to sync the libraries.

Before you add citations to a document on your home or university computer using “cite while you write”, click “update citations and bibliography” to make sure any newly added references are up to date.

2. Access EndNote via Desktop Anywhere

Desktop Anywhere allows you to access the desktop version of EndNote from a computer off-campus.

More information on how to set up Desktop Anywhere is available on the University of Leeds IT website.

3. Use EndNote Online

EndNote Online is a web version of EndNote that allows you to manage and store references. It has fewer features than the desktop version.

For a more detailed introduction to EndNote Online, go to our EndNote Online guide or take a look at this Using EndNote Online video.