EndNote Online

What is EndNote Online?

EndNote Online is a web-based service designed to help students and researchers collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. It is particularly suitable for undergraduates and taught postgraduates, though it can also be used in conjunction with EndNote (desktop) for research students and academics. Transfer of records between EndNote Online and EndNote (desktop) is very straightforward. Note: you may find EndNote Online referred to as Endnote Web or Endnote Basic. They all refer to the same product.


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Signing up for EndNote Online

Using a University PC or working through the MyBristol portal, search for the ‘Web of Science’ from the Library’s Database Guide. Register by clicking on the EndNote tab within the database. Register with your UoB email address. This will give you the full functionality available.

Once registered you can login to the service direct from the webpage www.myendnoteweb.com and begin saving new references into your EndNote Online account. Roaming access will allow you to use it from any computer, but you must login via a University computer, or via Web of Science, at least once every 12 months to authenticate your status as a University of Bristol student or staff member.

Adding references to EndNote Online  

There are three main methods to get references into your EndNote Online account:

  • export references from databases and Google Scholar
  • enter a reference manually
  • transfer (sync) an existing desktop EndNote library to EndNote Online

Export references from databases and Google Scholar 

Every database is different - look for links or buttons within the database that say ‘send to’, ‘download’, ‘export’, or something similar. For example, in Web of Science you should:

  1. Search for information on a topic of interest to you and, from the results list, tick the boxes of items that you would like to save to your EndNote Online library
  2. Select "Save to EndNote Online" from the drop-down menu (located above and below your results) then fill in the details of your EndNote Online account to send the references into that library.

 For Google Scholar, go to settings, then under Bibliography Manager select “Show links to import citations.” Select EndNote and save. Google Scholar will then show an 'Import into Endnote' link.

Enter a reference manually

You can also enter a reference manually:

  1. From the "Collect" tab, choose "New reference"
  2. Select the reference type (e.g. book) from the drop-down menu and enter the details of the item for which you wish to create a reference

Transfer your desktop library

If you already have an EndNote desktop library, you can synchronise it with your web library. To ensure that your desktop library syncs with the correct EndNote Online account, you will need to connect the two by setting your preferences in the desktop version:

  1. Go to Edit, then Preferences
  2. Choose Sync from the menu, and fill in the EndNote Web Account Credentials
  3. At the bottom of the EndNote Preferences Sync window. You will also find options to tell EndNote how often to sync the libraries

Creating citations and references with EndNote Online

You can use EndNote Online to create citations and reference lists in Word.

You will need to install the EndNote Online plug-in. Once installed, an EndNote tab should appear in your Microsoft Word toolbar. Use the extra tools here to insert citations and references.

All University computers should already have the plug-in installed, and an EndNote toolbar will be visible when you open Word. You can download the plug-in from within Endnote Online for use on your own computer. Go to Format > Cite While You Write plug-in. To format references in Microsoft Word, use the "Style" drop-down menu in the EndNote Online tab to select the correct style for your references.

Creating a standalone bibliography

EndNote Online has a useful feature that creates bibliographies. To create a bibliography:

  1. Under the 'Format' tab in EndNote Web, click the link for 'Bibliography'
  2. Select a group of references to format, the referencing style in which you want them to appear, and the file format that you would like.

Your bibliography can then be saved, emailed or printed.


Common problems and troubleshooting

  • If you experience any problems using EndNote Online, please refer to the provider’s Knowledge Base where you can search for common problems or submit an enquiry
  • FAQs
  • Contact your Subject Librarian if you have any additional queries about using EndNote Online