EndNote is a software program that allows users to search, retrieve, and store reference citations from bibliographic databases such as PubMed, Medline, CINAHL, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and more, as well as library catalogs such as CLIO and WorldCAT. It can generate bibliographies, reading lists, and footnotes in many citation styles, and works with Microsoft Word, enabling users to add and format their citations as they write their papers.
Columbia University makes EndNote available to all current students, faculty, and staff, free of charge with a valid Columbia University UNI and password. Clicking on the links below will take you to a log-in page - enter your UNI and password to begin the download.
After saving BOTH the installer and License.dat files to a temporary folder, from that temporary folder, run .msi download. NOTE: You must have both the installer and the license file in this folder for the install to work. Accept all default settings and, if prompted, agree to the terms of the license.
If it does not open automatically, double click on the downloaded .dmg file. An installer will appear on your desktop. Drag the EndNote folder to your Applications folder in your Hard Drive. It may take a couple of minutes for the files to copy completely. The first time you click on the EndNote icon in its folder in Applications, you will be walked through a setup process. Accept the default settings and agree to the terms of the license.
Register an Account
To register for an EndNote web account, go to endnote.com, click on “Login” in upper right, then “Create an account.” This has to be done on campus so that EndNote will recognize your Columbia IP address.
Find Full-Text Settings
To use the Find Full Text tool to search all of Columbia University's subscribed electronic resources the OpenURL and proxy information will need to be edited.
- Go to Edit >> Preferences >> Find Full Text
- Select all databases
- Enter the OpenURL and proxy as shown below
- Go to Endnote >> Preferences >> Find Full Text
- Select all databases
- Enter the Open URL and proxy as shown below
Upgrading from a Previous Version
While it is not required, it is best to uninstall older versions of EndNote before you install a new one. Before you begin, be sure to back up custom styles, filters, connection files, and databases.
Windows: Uninstall your older EndNote by going to Start -> Programs -> EndNote -> Uninstall EndNote. Any filters or styles you may have created under a new name will be saved in the appropriate folders of the older version, which will otherwise be empty. You can put them into the appropriate folders of your newly installed version.
Macintosh: Uninstall your older EndNote versions by opening EndNote, going to the EndNote menu, selecting "Customizer" and then "Uninstall." Be sure to pull out any filters or styles you may have created or edited before you drag the EndNote folder to the trash. You can put them back in the appropriate folders of your new installed EndNote program.
EndNote can also be accessed via the EndNote for iPad app. For more information also see our mobile applications page.
Troubleshooting & Help
HSL Guides (PDF format)
EndNote Help from Thomson Reuters