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EndNote Desktop for Higher Education students: Getting Started

This guide will introduce you to features of the referencing software, EndNote, and the resources and support available.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a piece of software that will assist you to collect, store, organise and use the references you find for your assignments, essays and research papers.

References can be entered into EndNote manually, or they can be transferred electronically from library databases and catalogues.

An EndNote file (called a Library) can hold thousands of references. Groups can be created to make a Library easier to manage.

References can be inserted from EndNote into Microsoft Word documents, and formatted in the referencing style of your choice (including APA 6th).  It is very easy to change between referencing styles, or modify styles to suit specific requirements.

Use the tabs above to find out more about the features of EndNote, and how the LRC can help you.

Using EndNote on campus and at home

EndNote is pre-installed on William Angliss Institute computers in the LRC and rooms A220, A221, A340, A434, A435, C113, D207, D209, D211 and D212, so you do not need to download and install the EndNote software.

To download EndNote on your own computer or laptop, go to  MyWAI > My Links> My Higher-Ed, and follow the instructions in the document below.

Note: EndNote Desktop is not available to VET students, but there are other options to assist you with referencing. Speak to LRC staff for more information.


Incorrect APA Style 

Following the EndNote 9.1 update, the APA 6th style file incorrectly includes a URL in the reference format for a journal article when there is already a DOI. We have fixed the issue on WAI computers, but for those who wish to fix the problem on their own downloaded copy of EndNote, please use the following link and save the updated style to the 'Styles' folder.

  • For Windows, the location will be: C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles
  • For Macs, the location will be: Applications > EndNote > Styles

Versions 9.0 and 9.2 do not have this problem

If you need assistance, please visit the LRC.

Important notice for EndNote X9 Mac users upgrading to macOS Catalina (download PDF)

APA Referencing Style

All students and staff at William Angliss Institute are expected to use the APA 6th Referencing style when citing (referring to) the work of others in their writing. The APA Referencing style is an included style in EndNote and will format references according to the rules of the style. However it is still important to have your own understanding of the style.

The LRC has produced an online guide to APA Referencing, and holds copies of the published Style Manual for you to browse or borrow. You can also ask for assistance from our Liaison Librarians

NEWSFLASH: APA 7th resources are coming!

From 2020, William Angliss Institute will begin using the updated APA 7th style, released in October 2019. Until this time, students and staff should continue to use the APA 6th style.

There is currently no APA 7th style available in EndNote.

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