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EndNote (Desktop): 1. New EndNote Library

Use this guide to get started using the desktop version of EndNote.

Simple Step-By-Step

Creating a New EndNote Library:

1. In EndNote, select File → New

2. Select where you want to save the library

3. Type the name of your new library

4. Click Save

New EndNote Library

From The Experts

More details about libraries:

The number of references you can have in a library is unlimited - but it is best to keep it under 100,000.

You can create any number of libraries.

Libraries created on a PC can be used on a Mac, and vice versa.

It is very important to periodically back up your EndNote libraries.  To do this:

  • In EndNote, go to the File menu and select Save a Copy or Compressed Library and follow the prompts
  • From your computer, copy the .enl file and .data folder onto a CD or other external storage device