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What is EndNote basic (web)?

EndNote basic (web) is a version of EndNote that NYBG library users get free access to with their NYBG library card.  EndNote basic is a web application that works seamlessly with Web of Science, a database of citations.  EndNote can also be used to manage citations from other databases, such as JSTOR or Google Scholar.  This means that you can build a citation collection (sometimes called citation library or EndNote library) using EndNote basic and then access access your collection on any computer with an Internet connect.

It is useful to create a citation collection in order to manage references you are using to write papers, articles, or books.

What makes EndNote basic (web) different from EndNote?

EndNote basic does not have all of the features of the full EndNote desktop application.  This is because Clarivate Analytics, the company that makes and sells EndNote, wants to encourage power-users of citation management tools to pay for the full EndNote suite (currently version X8). 

If you plan to use EndNote to collect and manage citations for personal projects that do not require multiple editors to work within a single EndNote citation collection, EndNote basic should meet all of your citation management needs.

Access EndNote basic - create a Web of Science account

In order to take advantage of Web of Science features including saved searches, alerts, and access to EndNote, you must create a personal account with Web of Science.

1) Navigate to Web of Science

2) If accessing Web of Science from outside of the NYBG campus, log in using your NYBG library barcode.  If you're not sure how this works, see the guide below and contact the library with any questions.

3) Create a Web of Science Account.

Screenshot showing where the registration button is on the far right of the upper toolbar on the Web of Science website

4) To access EndNote, navigate to EndNote from the "My Tools" menu after logging into Web of Science.


Get started with EndNote

After you log into EndNote, you will see a "Getting Started" guide page with links to guides designed to help you do different things.

Screenshot of list of guides available on Endnote.  Links include: Search an online database, Create a reference manually, Import references, Find your best potential journal, Create a new group, Share a group, Find duplicate references, Cite While You Write™ Plug-In, Create a formatted bibliography, Format a paper.

As you can see, there are many different things you can do using EndNote basic. Because EndNote basic is web-based, there are chances that features and design may change between official versions.  The most up-to-date guides for using Endnote basic will be found on the Endnote basic website, although librarians at NYBG are happy to help you find answers to specific questions you may have.  Additionally, the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Library has created an extremely detailed guide to Endnote basic, found at the link below.

EndNote basic features

If you're interested in learning more about how to use EndNote to collect, organize, and format your references, please refer to the EndNote basic "Get Started" guide or the University of Hawai'i LibGuide, both mentioned above.

In the space below two very useful features are mentioned briefly.  Both Cite While You Write and Capture Reference are great plugins that allow for you to use Endnote basic with Microsoft Word and while you browse the Internet.

Cite While You Write

One feature to be aware of is the Cite While You Write feature.  If you click on "Downloads" in the menu bar after logging into Endnote, you will see the option to download Cite While You Write.


Once you download and install the appropriate version, you will have an EndNote menu available to you in Microsoft Word.  This makes using EndNote basic while you write even easier.

Note: You are able to use EndNote to generate a bibliography without using Microsoft Word.  See the guides above for more information.


Capture Reference

While Cite While You Write allows you to add references to your Microsoft Word documents while you write, Capture Reference allows you to create citations for websites while you browse the Internet.

Capture Reference is also found on the Downloads page after you log into EndNote basic.  Simply drag the "Capture Reference" link into your bookmark toolbar in your chosen browser. 


Later, when you are on a website that you want to cite, click the "Capture Reference" link in your toolbar and Endnote basic will walk you through creating a new citation for your EndNote basic library.



If you have questions about using Endnote basic or would like to schedule an orientation session, please contact the library.

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