All functions in EndNote are built around the EndNote Library. You may
After opening the program for the first time, create your EndNote Library. Click on the "Create a new library" as shown below.
If you are using a public computer, create your library on a removable USB drive.
This one Library can be subdivided into Groups, so you should not need more than one EndNote Library even if you are managing references on more than one topic.
If you want to learn a bit about EndNote, explore the first option above from within the EndNote program, "Learn about EndNote".
If you are a previous user and already have a Library created, begin with the third option, "Open an existing library".
EndNote library: Your database of literature references/citations. Each reference in an EndNote library is stored as an individual record with specific fields for the author, title, publisher, date, and more.
Reference types: There is a template for each reference type in an EndNote library (e.g. journals, books, newspaper articles, conference proceedings). Version X4 has 47 reference types with 3 unused templates for user-created reference types.
Connection files: These files allow you to search selected databases without leaving the EndNote program. Some of these resources, such as library catalogs and PubMed, are freely available and either install with the EndNote program or are available for download from the EndNote Website.
Import filters: These files provide a match between references downloaded from databases or systems and the data fields in EndNote records. Import filters are designed to work with specific information providers (such as Ebsco and Ovid) and specific databases (such as CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO)
Output styles: These files are used to control the appearance of in-text citations and references in a bibliography. The style names are based on style guides (APA, Chicago, MLA) and journal publications, such as Nature, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Banking and Finance, and many more.
Term lists: These are lists of words or phrases that serve as indexes for your EndNote library. Term lists are used for searching, helping with data entry, and creating bibliographies. Three terms lists are automatically created and updated: Authors, Journals, and Keywords
An EndNote library consists of two files.
Always open the .enl file.
Go to File-->New
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for the Macintosh for EndNote X7.
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for EndNote X6/X7.
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for EndNote X5.
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for EndNote X4.
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for EndNote X3.
View the Library Window with its Panes and types of Groups available for EndNote X2.