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EndNote Tips

A basic guide for installing, navigating and using EndNote X5, EndNote X6, and EndNote X7. Note: If you share EndNote online folders with colleagues, sharing can be done on EndNote online as usual.

Get EndNote for Windows or Mac

  • Is available through Information Technology Services to all Saint Louis University faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
  • Can be installed on your Saint Louis University work computer as well as your personal computer.

How you obtain EndNote X8 depends upon whether you want it installed on your SLU work computer or your personal computer.  Follow the instructions applicable to you.

Getting EndNote X8 for Windows for Mac installed on your University office computer (faculty and staff).

  • Call 977-4000 or email to schedule an appointment to have it installed.

Downloading and installing EndNote X8 for Windows or for Mac for your home or personal computer (faculty, staff, and students)

TIP:  If you know that you will need additional filters, styles, or connections, use the Custom install.  There you can select which additional filters, styles, or connections you may need.

  • Close all open programs - particularly any Microsoft Office programs or other word processing programs
  • Go to the ITS Software download site at
  • Log in with your SLU Net ID and SLU Net password.
  • Select the correct EndNote version for your computer
  • Download and save the application file--this procedure may vary depending on the browser you use. Then you will need to install the EndNote program.
    • Windows--Go to the program's location and double-click the Installer Package ENX8Inst.msi ).
    • Click through the installation instructions (This is where you can select Typical or Custom installation).
    • Mac OS 10-Double click the Disk Image file that downloads. Next, drag the EndNote folder to the Aplications folder.  Click the application to install it.
    • The program should now be ready for use.
  • Finally, open EndNote and go to Help-->EndNote Program Updates 
    • The program will automatically search for any updates.
    • Follow the prompts to install any updates.
    • Note: To install updates, close the EndNote program.

Compatibility with Browsers and Word Processing Programs

  • Provides four ways to enter references into EndNote: Direct Export, Import PDFs, Import Text Files, and Enter Data Directly.
    • Direct Export works the best with a recent version of FireFox or Internet Explorer on a Windows computer and FireFox on a Macintosh computer.
  • Cite While You Write for EndNote X7 for
    • Windows is compatible with MSWord 2007, MSWorld 2010 and MSWord 2013, Apache Open Office 3.x, and Wolfram Mathematica 8.
    • Macintosh is compatible with Mac MSWord 2008 & 2011,  and Apple Pages 2009.
    • Earlier editions Cite While You Write compatibility, please see EndNote's Requirements page.
  • Gives you a choice of citation styles, MLA, APA, Chicago Style, Turabian, along with styles for particular journals.

Minimum Operating System Requirements

  • Windows - For more information see the EndNote Web site:
    • Windows® XP SP3, Vista (32-/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-/64-bit), & Windows 8 (32-/64-bit).
    • Pentium 450-megahertz (MHz) or faster processor
    • 180 MB hard disk space available
    • 256 MB RAM
    • Internet connection to access EndNote Web and search online databases.
  • Mac - For more information, see the EndNote Web site:
    • Mac OS X 10.6 and later
    • Intel-based Macintosh
    • Hard disk with 400 MB available
    • Minimum 256 MB of available RAM
    • General
      • EndNote libraries are compatible across Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
      • EndNote is Unicode compliant.
      • EndNote Web is included with package.
      • Internet connection required to register for and use EndNote Web and to search databases.

    Compatible Browsers and Devices

    Browsers - EndNote

    Windows-based computers

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x-9.x

    • FireFox 3.5.x and up

    • Chrome 30 (I don't know about earlier versions)

    MacIntosh computers

    • FireFox 3.5.x - and up

    Browsers - EndNote Web

    Windows-based computers

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x-9.x

    • FireFox 3.5.x and up

    MacIntosh Computers

    • FireFox 3.5.x and up

    • Safari 4.x - 5.0


    Windows and MacIntosh computers

    iPad has EndNote for iPad app (as of January 28, 2013)

    Note: Other tablets, and mobile devices can use only the online version of EndNote.

    Cite Whle You Write Compatibility

    Cite While You Wirte Compatibility by EndNote Version and Word Version

    Cite While You Write Compaitbility by EndNote Version