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EndNote 20 Basic course

2. Creating / opening a library

You open EndNote via the icon on start menu or desktop:

Now you can create a new library or open an existing one. You can do this via File (left top of the screen).

If you create a new one, choose a folder on your PC and choose a name for the library.

More about libraries:

  • An EndNote database with literature references is called “library”.
  • You can create and use more than one library but this is not preferable. Preferably place all references in one library. In this one library you can create groups and add tags for topics in references.
  • You can take care that EndNote opens with a certain library when you start EndNote. This can be done via Edit – Preferences – Libraries.
  • A library is just a file on your PC. The extension is .enl (EndNote library).
  • It is a good practice to back up your EndNote library regularly (preferably on another disk) This can be done easily via File – Save a copy.
  • With each EndNote library a .DATA folder is automatically generated for files which are connected to the library.
    If you backup your library via Windows you must also copy this .DATA folder.