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Endnote Basic: Getting Started

A guide to using Endnote Basic to manage your research materials, citations, and bibliographies

Introduction to Endnote, and Setting Up an Account

This is a guide to the fundamentals of using Endnote Basic. For detailed instructions and tutorials from Endnote, visit their help site.


What is EndNote Basic? 

  • A free, online cloud-based program that allows you to store, edit, and manage citations.
  • Citations from many databases may be imported into your online account directly or from saved files of references.
  • Signing up through the WKU-supplied database Web of Science provides slightly higher limits on some features. 

Endnote Basic: Features 

Reference storage


Attachment storage

2 GB

Bibliographic formatting styles


Send references directly from online databases


Search online resources from within EndNote


Formatting in Microsoft Word


Reference sharing



Creating an Endnote Basic account 

You need to create a personal account for Endnote Basic. Sign up for an account through the Web of Science database, using WKU access to Web of Science (click on the link to Web of Science and sign in using your WKU NetID and password) or using a computer on campus. 

From the Web of Science page, click on the Endnote link (under the My Tools tab at the top), then choose “Register” under the sign-in:

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