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Create an EndNote library

To start using EndNote, you need to create a library to store your references.

  • Launch EndNote Desktop and select File > New. The default name of the new library will be My EndNote Library. You can rename it, if you wish.
  • The new library will be automatically saved into the Documents folder on your computer*.
  • Ensure that the .enl file and .DATA file are always stored together. For Mac users: You have an option of selecting “Save as Package”.

*Note: You may select a folder on the local drive of your computer to save the EndNote library. However, do not save the EndNote library to any USB drive, network drive/shared server, cloud-syncing folder, or cloud drive. This will lead to a EndNote library damage. For more information, refer to EndNote: Few reasons why the library may get damaged frequently.


Tip: EndNote works more reliably if you create one 'master' library of references and use the Groups feature to keep your references organized.