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Learn how to use EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online for their most common functions.


EndNote is a popular citation management program. You can use it to save and organize your references, insert and format citations and bibliographies, and to search library databases.

Downloading EndNote Desktop
EndNote X8 is available to Pitt students and faculty for free through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. The site gives detailed instructions on the download process.

EndNote Online is the online component of EndNote. All Pitt students and faculty have access to EndNote Online when you download the EndNote desktop software. You can sign up for an account at For verification purposes, you have to do this from a computer on the Pitt network, using your Pitt email address.

EndNote for Mac Users

EndNote has released information about EndNote for macOS compatiblity prior to the launch of Catalina this fall. Please review the information on this site about updates and compatibility. 

Functions of EndNote

EndNote as a reference and full text organizer with a collaborative Web tool:

  • Group references according to your research projects and attach up to 45 files per record for managing related materials.
  • Locate full text PDF files for you or create a reference when importing a PDF file. Synchronize references and file attachments to your EndNote Web account.
  • Share groups with other EndNote users easily and manage your ResearcherID publication list.

EndNote as a bibliography maker

  • Cite While You Write™ takes the pain out of citing and formatting references in Microsoft Word, and Writer 3 for Windows. You can also create bibliographies for other word processors using Format Paper (RTF files).

EndNote as an online search tool

  • You can search online bibliographic resources and retrieve references directly into your EndNote library. You can also export references to EndNote from your favorite online resource (see "Direct Export Providers" in EndNote Help).

An Overview of EndNote x8

EndNote Desktop vs. EndNote Online

Review a quick comparison between EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online to learn the importance of using both products in a research environment. (Note: EndNote Basic refers to the web account only. EndNote Online refers to the web account that is activated in conjunction with the Desktop software.)

More information can be found here.

Compare features:
EndNote Basic
EndNote Online (with EndNote Desktop)
EndNote Desktop
Storage capacity (number of references) 10,000 50,000 unlimited
File attachments   + +
Figure attachments   + +
Capture references from the Web + +  
Import from many databases and OPACs + + +
Cite & format papers with bibliographies + + +
Create & save advanced searches     +
Customize views & displays     +
Edit reference import filters & output styles     +
Use term lists for auto-entry     +
Cite tables, figures, & equations     +
Work Offline (anytime/anywhere)     +
Local Personal Files and Documents     +
High Performance Desktop Environment     +