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Managing your references: EndNote and EndNote Online

Transfer with EndNote

You can easily transfer references between your EndNote library and your EndNote Online library using Transfer with EndNote. With EndNote X5 onwards, file attachments can also be transferred.

Share references in EndNote Online

Share references with your colleagues by creating groups in EndNote Online.

You can allow some group members to edit references in the group library, but give others read only access.

Note that an EndNote online account is required to access an EndNote online group.

EndNote iPad App

An EndNote app for the iPad is available. It can be purchased and downloaded through Apple's iTunes store.

How does it work?

EndNote is desktop software. The most recent version is EndNote 20. The University has a subscription to EndNote which means you can install EndNote for free on to a University-owned computer (for instance, a desktop in your department) or a personal device. EndNote is also installed on some library computers. 

To install EndNote on a University-owned computer, ask your local IT help for advice. To install EndNote on a personal device, please find instructions and versions for Windows and Mac on IT Services' website:

EndNote Online (previously EndNote Web) is web-based software and can be used to transport your EndNote library, but is also available to all Oxford University members through the university's subscription. A computer with EndNote installed is not required to use EndNote online:

Collecting references

Below are tips on how to collect references and build up your EndNote library.

Direct Export

  • some online databases
  • Google Scholar

Indirect Export

From online databases and other reference management software

Import files saved as End or RIS files.


EndNote Desktop only

Indirect Export

EndNote can import files saved in BibTex and plain text format as well as RIS.


  • from PDF documents of full text articles
  • single document or whole folder of documents

EndNote Online only

Direct Export

  • SOLO
    • save to favourites
    • push to EndNote

Image of RefWorks, EndNote and RIS icons in SOLO


  • from webpages using a Firefox extension

Need help with EndNote or EndNote online?

Bodleian Libraries workshops

Go to iSkills workshops | Bodleian Libraries ( to find any upcoming workshops on Endnote;

and to Reference management workshop handouts | Bodleian Libraries ( to find supporting handouts, presentations slides and webinar recording


Getting started with Endnote X9 guide from iSkills for Medical Sciences and OUH Trust: Introduction to Endnote X9 workshop

For help with Endnote please email

IT Learning Centre workshops

Go to and enter Endnote in Course search

Online help