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EndNote X9: Creating your library

Starting EndNote

The first time you start the application, you will be presented with a Welcome to EndNote guide that prompts you to set up an account in order to sync your EndNote library with EndNote Online so you can access it from anywhere, anytime.

  • Close the splash screen without registering for EndNote Online. You can create an EndNote Online account later if required.

  • Select File > New to create a new 'library' as described below.

  • If you have used EndNote before and wish to open an existing EndNote library, select File > Open

  • If you have previously used EndNote and created a library on that computer, EndNote will automatically open the last library you used.

Welcome to EndNote splash screen

Creating your library

  • When you create an EndNote library, you will be prompted for a file name and the location you wish to save the library. The default My EndNote Library name should be changed to something that is more meaningful, i.e. Readings, Thesis.
  • Your EndNote library consists of a .enl file and an associated .Data folder, e.g. filename.enl and filename.Data. The .Data folder stores information about records, any groups you have created and copies of attached files, e.g. PDF files.
  • We strongly recommended that you create a new folder in which to store the .enl file and associated .Data folder, making it easier to find and back-up your library.


EndNote is not compatible with cloud-based storage services including:

  • OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud storage service)
  • Dropbox
  • OneNote (Microsoft™)
  • iCloud (Apple™)
  • Google Drive.


Your working EndNote library and any Word documents containing EndNote field codes should be saved to the hard disk of your computer. 

Using cloud-based storage to store your EndNote library will result in poor performance and a corrupt library, rendering the library unusable.

Using EndNote with any Word documents located in cloud-based storage will result in a corrupted Word document that will be unusable.

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