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Using EndNote Basic: Welcome

Guide to installing, using, and making the most of this citation management software.


Go to and follow the instructions to create your EndNote Basic account. (You may need to be on campus to initially set up your account.)

If EndNote Basic won’t allow you to create an account, try going in via Web of Science. Choose "EndNote” from the menu at the top of the screen. Then click the link to register.

Download Plug-ins for Browser & Word

EndNote Basic offers a few plug-ins you can install to make your research experience more integrated with EndNote's software. On the EndNote Basic site, under Options, click on the link for Download Installers.

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There are three plug-ins (or add-ons) available to EndNote Basic users.

  • Capture Reference Bookmarklet: For those who use a browser other than Firefox you can utilize this simple tool to capture references from databases and around the web.
  • Firefox Capture Extension: For Firefox users you can install this add-on to your bookmarks toolbar that includes a quick link to your Endnote Basic page and a button to capture references.
  • Cite While You Write (CWYW): This plug-in for Word and Open Office connects your EndNote Basic account (and all your references) to Word so you can add in-text citations and create footnotes and bibliographies without leaving your document.

About EndNote Basic

EndNote Basic, formerly EndNote Online (or Web), is a free online service that allows you to store, share and organize your citations so that you can access them from any computer. By installing the Microsoft Word plugin, you can cite references from your library and automatically create your bibliography as you write.

With EndNote Basic you can:

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • Utilize 20 most popular citation styles
  • Have 2 GB of storage

Getting Help

EndNote Web has an excellent help page. Just click “Help” in upper right-hand corner of EndNote Web to get there.

There are step-by-step video tutorials demonstrating everything on this guide (and more).

Here are a few links to get you started:

Help @ Hunter Library

If you are having issues with EndNote Basic or want help getting started please get in touch with us.

  • Call the Reference Desk: 828-227-7465
  • Use our Ask Us! chat service available throughout our website
  • Email Cara Barker for help with Zotero and/or EndNote Basic