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EndNote Guide: Type in references

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Downloading EndNote

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You will be asked for your UC login.

Complete the ServiceNow form and you will be emailed the download link and access code, along with instructions for installing EndNote on your own device. 

If you have any questions about installing EndNote, please contact Digital Services: IT Service Desk | University of Canterbury

Additional Files

The Library provides some modified and additional Filters and Styles.

Note that any zipped files need to be 'unzipped' i.e. right-click and choose the extract command. Copy these files to your EndNote file folder location.

If you just need the APA 7th style, note that this is not 'zipped'. Just save it into your styles folder.

C:/Progam Files (x86)/EndNote 20/Styles


Typing in References

You can add new references by typing them in, but it is much faster to download them from databases.

To type a new reference into your library, follow these steps

  • Click References > New Reference
  • You now have a blank journal article reference template to start inserting information about your reference

Change the Reference type

Check the down arrow next to the Reference Type field to see the different reference types.


Special formatting and punctuation are not necessary when you enter reference data into EndNote. eg, you do not need to italicise journal titles or include brackets for issue numbers. EndNote does this for you.

Suggestions for using reference types:

  • Use Edited Book for books edited by one or more authors
  • Use Book Section for references to parts of books (eg. a chapter, or one article in a published conference proceedings)
  • The Conference Proceedings reference type is best used for unpublished proceedings
  • Email discussions should be cited as Personal Communications, just like any other personal correspondence.
  • Notes, Research Notes and Abstract fields can each store up to 16 pages of text. 


Entering author names

  • Authors must be entered one name per line
  • Author names can be entered either with the family name followed by a comma and the first name (e.g. Smith, Jack F.) or the first name followed by the family name (e.g. Jack F. Smith)
  • If there are multiple entries with the same author, it is best to keep to the same author format in all the entries
    • Many databases will format authors with family name first (e.g. Smith, Jack F.), so for consistency it is recommended to enter all author names in that format
  • If you are entering initials instead of full names, type a full stop or a space between initials (e.g. Smith, J. F.). If you enter a name like AM Smith, it will interpret AM as the first name
  • Enter all authors for a particular reference. EndNote will automatically add "et al." or include all the authors, according to the particular style you have chosen.

Organisations as authors

  • Authors that are organisations need to be entered with a comma after the name, otherwise EndNote will interpret part of the name as a family name.