EndNote basic bibliographic management tool

EndNote basic (formerly EndNote Online) can collect, manage and store references and make them available online. You can use it together with the EndNote desktop version, or as a stand-alone tool.


EndNote basic is missing some of the features of the desktop version; for example, you cannot edit reference types, or edit or download styles, filters and connection files. With the web version you can

  • Add references manually
  • Direct Export from databases via a plugin (including Science Direct, EBSCO, ProQuest, Informit)
  • Import references saved as a text file (including PubMed, Web of Knowledge, Google Scholar via the EndNote Import filter)
  • Use Online Search (search Library catalogues). NOTE: RMIT University Library is not an option
  • Attach files to records
  • ‘Cite While You Write’ with Microsoft Word by downloading the appropriate plug-in
  • Create standalone bibliographies
  • Sort references to make them easier to manage
  • Create Groups
  • Delete duplicates.

EndNote basic also allows you to

  • Export references directly from the Web of Knowledge database, including citation data.
  • Export information from web pages
  • Collaborate with other people by sharing groups of references.

Records can be imported and exported between both the web and desktop version, but they are not synchronised; duplicates would need to be deleted. This function is also possible with other Reference Managers (e.g. Reference Manager, ProCite).

Compare EndNote desktop and EndNote basic.

Plug-ins for word processors

The ‘Cite While You Write’ function is available for Microsoft Word. The plug-in can be downloaded from the Format tab on the EndNote basic.

Referencing styles supported

It supports over 3,300 styles.

Storage limits

You can store up to 25,000 records and enjoy 1GB of storage space for file attachments with EndNote X5 desktop. Other EndNote basic users can store up to 10,000 references.

Access and downloads

It is not possible to export records or search from the RMIT University Library catalogue.