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Use Endnote to manage your references and format your bibliography

What is EndNote ?

EndNote Desktop is software used to manage your references and format your bibliography.  It is produced by Clarivate Analytics and University of Tasmania has a site-wide licence
The latest version at UTAS is 
EndNote 20.

Freely available for University of Tasmania staff and students 

Training and support                    

EndNote enables you to:

  • transfer and store references from electronic databases and library catalogues
  • insert citations to Word as you write
  • change styles easily and format a bibliography
  • view and annotate your PDFs
  • find fulltext
  • sync your library and work across devices and platforms


  • The latest available licenced version at UTAS is EndNote 20.5
  • Note for UTAS Staff: IT Services have made Endnote 20 available on staff machines in Self Service on a Mac and in Software Centre on Windows PC

Mac users note: 
  • October 2021 Mac users running the BigSur Operating system will need to make sure they have upgraded to EndNote 20.1

  • March 2021: The new EN20 mac installer is now available on the IT software and utilities download page.

  • September 24th 2019: EndNote have released a major update (Endnote X9.3.1 for macs) to ensure 64 bit compatability with the new Mac OS (Catalina). 

  • EndNote advises that Mac users who are still using X8 should install EN X9 and update to X9.3.2 before they plan to update their operating system to the new Mac OS 10.15 Catalina to ensure workflow is uninterrupted. 

News for Windows Users: 
  • March 2021: The new EN20 mac installer is now available on the IT software and utilities download page.

  • 14th January 2020  EndNote Updates: Clarivate have released the major update EN X9.3.1 for Windows.   Existing EN users will be prompted upon opening the software when updates are available.  Follow the prompts when you are ready.  Under the EN Help>> Check for Updates, or install the updates manually if required. More information 

Who might find it useful ?

  • Researchers including Postgraduates needing to manage a large number of references for a literature review or thesis
  • Researchers writing journal articles needing to submit a manuscript conforming to specific journal or publisher style
  • Students managing references for a major assignment 

Tip: Learning to use reference management software effectively can save time, however proof-reading is still important. It is good practice to understand the principles of correct academic referencing prior to learning reference management software.  Check against a style guide before finalising your work.