Leeds University Library

EndNote support

EndNote helps you to store and manage your references. It also works with Microsoft Word to automatically insert citations and create your reference list (or bibliography) for you.

You can format your citations and reference list using your preferred referencing style. EndNote has thousands of output styles pre-installed, including the Leeds University Harvard and Numeric styles, which are based on the Library referencing guidance.

Getting access to EndNote

EndNote is currently available on University cluster PCs and accessible to students off-campus via Desktop Anywhere.

Personal copies of the software (for PC or Mac) can be purchased by staff and students from Bilaney Consultants.

Getting started with EndNote

Our step-by-step guide covers all the basics of using EndNote, including:

  • Adding references to an EndNote library
  • Inserting citations and formatting your bibliography
  • Organising your EndNote library (adding notes, creating groups, etc.).

The guide is available in two formats. You can:

Complete guide to using EndNote

Endnote manual

The full EndNote manual (PDF) gives detailed instructions for all aspects of using EndNote. This is a large file and may take some time to download.

The manual includes:

  • Creating a separate bibliography (p. 415)
  • Editing output styles (p. 117)
  • Merging multiple bibliographies (p. 358)
  • Inserting figures (p. 66)
  • Entering special characters (p. 65)
  • Import filters (p. 152)
  • Term lists (p. 254)
  • Using the find full text feature (p. 194).

The EndNote manual is also available from the EndNote folder installed on your computer.

Finding full text of Leeds library holdings

When on campus:

Go to References > Find Full Text > Find Full Text

When off campus:

To enable Endnote to find the full text of an article when off campus you need to enter the following details under Edit > Preferences > Find Full Text:

The Open URL path is http://lib.leeds.ac.uk/resserv
The Authentication URL is https://wam.leeds.ac.uk/patroninfo

Uncommon reference types

Endnote does not have a reference type for every source you may need to reference, e.g. bills, Cochrane reviews, law reports etc. If a you find there isn't a reference type for a reference you want to cite, follow the instructions on selecting reference types in Endnote guidelines.

Download the LeedsUni output styles

Output styles determine how the citations and reference list in your document will look.

There are output styles for the official University of Leeds versions of Harvard and Numeric. Apart from MHRA, these styles are available on all cluster computers and appear as an option when you choose to format the bibliography in your Word document.

If you want to use these output styles outside a University cluster, or use the MHRA output style, you need to download the appropriate style and save it to your computer.

A comprehensive list of style files is available on the EndNote website, including new and updated styles. If you need to download a new or updated style from the EndNote website, follow the instructions under saving and editing output styles.

EndNote Training

EndNote Online

Many people also want to use their EndNote library when they are away from a University computer; one option is to use Desktop Anywhere, the other is to create an EndNote Online account.

You might choose to use EndNote Online as the only way of managing your references (on and off campus), but please note that it has fewer features than the desktop version.

Our EndNote Online quick start guide (PDF) will help you to set up an account and learn how to use EndNote Online.

For a more detailed introduction to EndNote Online, take a look at the Using EndNote Online video.

Alternatives to EndNote

EndNote is the only reference management software supported by IT and the Library. However, there are others available, or you can keep a manual record of your references.

Mendeley (free open-source tool available for desktop or web)

BibTeX (for use with LaTeX documents).

The Leeds Harvard and Leeds Numeric referencing styles are managed and updated by the Library, and are available to use in EndNote.

You might find versions of the Leeds styles in other reference management software, online tools or apps. However, we do not endorse these tools or offer support in using them, and so we cannot vouch for the accuracy or reliability of the referencing styles they use.

Our webpages and the accompanying EndNote output style files are the only official source of guidance for the Leeds Harvard and Leeds Numeric referencing styles.

Further help

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