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EndNote desktop is a software package installed on all university networked PCs, can be steamed via AppsAnywhere to your personal PC and is also available for purchase.
For more help read our guide to EndNote desktop
Brookes staff and students can use either EndNote desktop or EndNote Web. To see which version best meets your needs, Thomson Reuter have produced a pdf document which gives a comparison of the two. You can use both versions of EndNote. EndNote allows you to synchronize the references (including file and figure attachments) in your EndNote desktop library with the references in your EndNote online library. You must have an active EndNote online account to initiate the Sync process.
If you're thinking of using EndNote desktop on your own computer, you can check compatibility and system requirements for Mac and Windows machines on the Thomson Reuters web site.
On University networked PCsEndNote desktop has been installed on the University network.
For staff and researchers on Brookes computers
The library's EndNote licence allows for installation of the software on any University owned equipment, so staff and researchers can have it added to their office PCs.
If you want EndNote installed on your office computer, put in a request via the online IT Service Desk:
System requirements for different versions of EndNote are available from the
Thomson Reuters support pages for EndNote.
When you first go into EndNote you will see a choice of options. Select Create a New Library (click on the folder icon to the left of the text). Name and save your library. We would recommend that you have
just one EndNote desktop Library, certainly for each major research interest or for your dissertation. Some people like to maintain two libraries; one for references recently downloaded (a 'temporary' library) and the other for
references they have read and would like to use in their work (a 'permanent' library). You can copy and paste references from your temporary library to your permanent library as necessary.
Merging EndNote libraries
If you are currently using several EndNote libraries and wish to merge them into one:
Note that each reference you add to an EndNote library will be assigned a unique record number. If you merge 2 or more EndNote libraries as described above, the references from the imported libraries will be assigned new record numbers in the
order they are added, so a reference that was #15 in one library could become #225 in the merged library.
If you try to combine several Word documents and EndNote libraries, the codes in the Word document will be pointing at the old EndNote reference number (e.g. #15) not the new reference number (e.g. #225), so all the in-text citations and
consequently the bibliography will be inaccurate. If you have started doing this the situation is retrievable but will take time to sort out, depending on the size of the manuscript.
The Sync feature allows you to synchronize the references (including file and figure attachments) in your EndNote desktop library with the references in your EndNote online library. You must have an active EndNote online account to initiate the
Sync process. This online account is also known as EndNote Web or EndNote Basic. You can set up an online account for free as a member of Oxford Brookes University. Consult our
(and the section on EndNote Web) for further details.
Using the Sync feature
Note: The library that you want to sync must be open and currently active to perform the Sync process. You cannot initiate the Sync process in Online Mode.