EndNote basic

This is the online, free and simplified version of EndNote Desktop. We recommend it for undergraduates, Vocational Education students and anyone who needs to use a small number of references in their assignments.

EndNote basic can collect, manage, store and share references, and make them available online. You can use it together with the EndNote Desktop version, or as a stand-alone tool. EndNote basic does not contain some of the features of the Desktop version; for example, you cannot edit reference types, or edit or download other styles, filters and connection files.

With the online version you can:

  • Add references manually
  • Direct Export from databases via a plugin (including Science Direct, EBSCO, ProQuest, Informit)
  • Export references directly from the Web of Knowledge database, including citation data
  • 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, including RMIT University Library)
  • Attach files to references
  • ‘Cite While You Write’ with Microsoft Word by downloading the appropriate plug-in
  • Create standalone bibliographies
  • Sort references to make them easier to manage
  • Export information from web pages
  • Collaborate with other people by sharing groups of references
  • Create Groups
  • Delete duplicates.

If you already have an EndNote Desktop Library, references can be synchronised between your basic and Desktop versions. That way, you can use your Desktop library anywhere.

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.

Compare EndNote Desktop and EndNote basic.

Storage limits

You can store an unlimited number of references and enjoy unlimited storage space for file attachments with EndNote X8 Desktop. EndNote basic users can store up to 50,000 references with 2GB of storage for file attachments.

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