EndNote Desktop

EndNote Desktop is a research tool that helps you to collect, store, and manage all the references you have found from different sources. You can use EndNote Desktop to insert and format in-text citations and bibliographies within Microsoft Word documents. EndNote is available for installation on all University PCs from the IT Software Centre. Staff and students can also purchase personal copies of the software (for PC or Mac) from Bilaney Consultants.


We highly recommend attending the two-hour sessions run by Library Services. You can book a place via the Library events listing (found bottom right of page) or directly from the IT courses for PGRs page.

Self-help and common problems

Top tips

  • Create one library to keep all your references in the same place
  • Use the groups feature to organise your references
  • Always save a back-up copy of your EndNote library by selecting File > Save a copy
  • Each library comprises of two parts: a file ending in .enl and a folder of the same name ending in .data. These must both be in the same directory location, e.g. documents\thesis\. It doesn’t matter where you save the items or what you name them so long as they are kept together with the same name. Warning: do not put the .enl file inside the .data folder or vice-versa
  • To enhance the ‘find full text’ functionality at Bristol: under 'Edit' > 'Preferences' > 'Find Full Text' and then in the 'Open URL Path' field type: http://linkserver.bristol.ac.uk:9003/prod and in the URL field: https://bris.idm.oclc.org/login?url=

However, the most important thing will be to make sure you're using the search tools provided by the Library when accessing electronic resources on or off-site: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/library/find/

  • Check for duplicate references on a regular basis. Having duplicates in your EndNote library can cause a number of problems, especially when you start to reference your work
  • When working on large documents (>50 pages), we recommend splitting your document in to chapters. Once you have finished and need to combine the chapters, follow these instructions to ensure that you end up with correct citations and a single bibliography