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EndNote Guide: Home

EndNote is a reference organiser and writing solution. It is the ideal, time-saving software to enable students to collect references and then use this library to add citations to a Word document

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Installing EndNote 20

EndNote software is available for CDU staff and students. The current version is 20 for Windows and Macintosh. 

Staff can install the latest version of EndNote for Windows via the "Software Center".

You should also remove any previous versions before installing EndNote 20.

Download EndNote 20 for Windows or Macintosh

These should be saved into the folder where the EndNote styles, filters and connection files have been stored (usually in the Program Files folder on the C Drive for Windows or the Applications folder for a Mac).

If you experience any problems downloading the EndNote Software please email us for assistance:

For instructions on using EndNote please consult the Workshop Calendar and the Tutorials and Guides Tab

CDU Reference Styles

After downloading the EndNote software you also need to add the CDU referencing styles - particularly if using CDU-Harvard Reference style.

CDU Styles

Click the 'cdu styles' link above to download reference styles. Choose ‘open with’. Double click on the CDU styles 2021 folder and copy all the styles. If you have been using CDU Harvard  please download the recent styles folder  in order to get the most up to date styles.


You must insert the style files in the correct folder where your copy of EndNote has been installed. For Windows, this will usually be C:\ProgramFiles\EndNote20\Styles. Look in the EndNote 20 folder in Applications if you have a Macintosh. If you do not save the styles correctly you will not be able to access them from the Import Manager when using EndNote.


Once you have saved the CDU styles (same goes for filters and connections) you need to set preferences to point to the correct folder.


In EndNote, click on Edit on the toolbar. From the dropdown menu select Preferences.

When the EndNote Preferences window opens, click on Folder Locations on the left-hand side.

This will show you the current settings for your personal folders. If you have installed EndNote on your computer for the first time, it will probably look something like this


Folder locations


You should then click  ‘Select folder’ for styles and ensure you have chosen the correct location of your CDU styles ie: C:\ProgramFiles\EndNote20\Styles. This process will then allow you to 'select another style' in your EndNote library and choose the preferred style for your school ie: cdu-harvard_2021

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a Bibliographic Management tool which allows you to add references manually or automatically from Library databases to your EndNote Library.

EndNote allows you to organise your research and collect your citations into a searchable library which can be accessed via the EndNote software and via a cloud-based version. As you write your essay or thesis references can be inserted in-text in the Word document and your Reference list is created at the end of the document.

It is also possible to create an EndNote Online account giving you access to a cloud-based Library wherever you are. The original desktop Library can be set to synchronise with the cloud-based account therefore keeping both versions up-to-date.

Getting Help

If you have any questions or issues related to downloading or using the EndNote Software please email us for assistance


Search through EndNote's YouTube Channel


Read through EndNote's Training guides


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