EndNote Desktop

EndNote is a reference management tool which enables you to efficiently build your own library of references and then use this to create citations and reference lists within a Microsoft Word document.  These can then be formatted in a range of different referencing styles. 

EndNote Desktop is recommended for use by research students (MRes, PhD etc.), researchers, and academic members of staff.  (Please note, if you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student, the recommended reference management tool to use is EndNote Online, with support for using this software being offered by the Academic Skills Centre.)

EndNote Desktop software

EndNote 20 is the current version of the software and is available for users of both Microsoft and macOS.  Information about system requirements and word processor compatibility is available from Clarivate (the suppliers of EndNote). 

To download a copy

  • University students can download the EndNote Desktop software from mySoftware.
  • University staff can download the EndNote Desktop software from the Software Centre on their university laptop or PC. This can usually be found by going to the Start menu, and the Desktop Management folder. 

The IT Service Desk can help you if you experience problems installing the software.

Please note that use of the EndNote 20 software downloaded from the Software Centre or mySoftware is covered by the terms and conditions of the University of Birmingham licence and permitted for the duration of your time at the University of Birmingham.  To continue using EndNote 20 after moving to another institution, you will need you will need to purchase a personal copy from Clarivate.

Help with using EndNote Desktop

Further help 

You are welcome to request a one-to-one appointment with a Research Skills Advisor if you need further support after completing the online Canvas course.




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