Get started with EndNote X9 by following this sequence of help guides. EndNote 20 is the current version available to UQ users. This guide is for existing users of EndNote X9.

Note: Our Software training resources page has EndNote X9 training manuals (as PDFs) for Windows and Mac.

1. Set up and back up your EndNote X9 Library

Create a new EndNote Library

  1. Click the File option on the menu bar
  2. Click New...

A dialogue box will open with My EndNote Library.enl as the name of the new library

  1. Select a library save location
  2. Type a name for your library in the File name box (eg. your own name)
  3. Click Save and you will see a new library window

Move or copy an EndNote Library

Your EndNote library consists of two elements:

  • a file with the extension .enl (the library file)
  • a folder with the extension.Data (containing various files connected with the library).

Keep these elements together if copying or moving your Library.

Back up your EndNote Library

Create a back-up

Click on the File option on the menu bar and select Compressed Library (.enlx) ...

This will create an archive copy of your library in a single file with the extension .enlx

Note: The Compressed Library option will not work for libraries larger than 4 GB and/or 65,535 files.  Use any third party compression software like WinZip or WinRaR instead.

Restore from a back-up

  1. Click on the File option in the menu bar
  2. Click Open and select the .enlx file

All elements of the library will be recreated - based on the version that was archived.

Sync your library to EndNote Online

EndNote offers cloud space to save an online copy of a library. This library can sync between three devices and the online version.

  1. Open your EndNote library
  2. On Windows, go to Edit
    On Mac, go to the application menu
  3. Click on Preferences
  4. Choose Sync from the left column
  5. Follow the instructions for enabling sync which will including setting up a new account

Sync your library on multiple devices

After first syncing your library, link other devices to the same library.

  1. Install EndNote software on another desktop or laptop computer
  2. Create a new library using exactly the same name as the original
    • Leave this library empty
  3. Follow the instruction for Sync your library to EndNote Online
  4. Use the same email address and password to sync

After the sync is established, the library will download all the references and attachments held in the original library. Any changes on either device will be transferred to the other device.

There is no limit to the number of devices to which you can sync your library.