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EndNote: Creating your library

Starting EndNote

The first time you start the application, you will be presented with an option to:

open an existing library or create a new library

EndNote new library screen shot

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.

Cloud based storage compatibility

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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