What exactly is EndNote

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EndNote is a paid reference management program. You can use it to manage your literature, research in specialist databases and library catalogs, work on the content of the literature, collect citations, organize knowledge, draft texts, plan tasks and automatically create bibliographies in different citation styles.

How do you get EndNote?
EndNote function overview
Research with EndNote

The campus license for EndNote ended on September 30, 2020.

The company Alfasoft offers the employees of the TU Darmstadt discounted volume licenses for EndNote: Each user needs his own license and can install it on up to 3 computers (Win and Mac) for personal use. Homeuse is included. The licenses have no expiration date, but when leaving the university, EndNote must be uninstalled from all computers of the respective user. Please send the order for a volume license to [email protected], stating the TU billing address and the email address to which the delivery should be made. The license number MU64886 must be specified.

People who do not work at the TU can purchase individual licenses for EndNote via https://www.endnote.de/. Students pay a reduced price.

As an alternative to EndNote, you can get the reference management programs Zotero (free) and Citavi (limited free version, full version with a campus license).

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

  • With EndNote bibliographic data, images, graphics and tables can be edited and provided with keywords and personal notes.
  • EndNote inserts references in your texts and can generate bibliographies of various format templates.
  • Scientific databases such as Web of Science or Medline and library catalogs can be queried using the EndNote search mask. The search results can be imported into an EndNote database directly or via a web browser using filters.
  • Databases that are not available in EndNote can be imported using so-called connection files (see also below: Research with EndNote: Notes).
  • The program is available for both Windows and Mac. EndNote files can be transferred from one platform to the other.
  • EndNote as a mobile version
  • Compatibility with word processing programs:


  • The required connection file must be available. If not, it must be downloaded and saved in the appropriate directory (e.g. "C: \ Programs \ EndNoteX \ Connections").
  • Then in EndNote File - New a new EndNote database ("Library") created or via File - Open an existing "library" can be opened.
  • Under File - Connect or Tools - Connect the required connection file can be selected and a connection to the corresponding database can be established. The hits can be found with Retrieve references can be added directly to the “Library”.

For more detailed information (brochures, training videos and manuals) visit the website of the software provider.