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Upgrade from X8

EndNote recommends the following steps:

  1. Back up any existing EndNote library files and any customized content files (e.g. output styles, connection files).
  2. Close all open programs (e.g. Microsoft Word).
  3. Uninstall any older versions of EndNote.

For more detail, please go to: EndNote: Upgrade from an older version (by Clarivate Analytics).

Download EndNote to your computer

EndNote Desktop X9 can be downloaded to your computer/laptop. 



  • Compatibility and system requirements

Check the EndNote page on Compatibility and system requirements​.

  • Download EndNote

Click on the link below to download the software.

Download EndNote: Windows or Macintosh (restricted to current CityU staff and students)

  • Video

How to download and install EndNote (2:16 mins)


For information on the new features, check out the video: Whats New in EndNote X9 (provided by Clarivate Analytics).

Create an EndNote Library

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

  • To create a Library, in EndNote 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”. Click here to learn more.
    • If you use EndNote X9.3.1 Mac, please do not check the box "Save as a Package". To learn more, please click here.

*Note: Saving your Library on the cloud is NOT recommended.

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