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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 7th).  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 Library can help you.

Using EndNote on campus and at home

EndNote is pre-installed on William Angliss Institute computers in the Library 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: If a previous version of EndNote (... X7, X8) is already installed on your device, uninstall this first before downloading the EndNote X9.

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


EndNote 20 is the latest version of EndNote. William Angliss Institute will update to the new version in future. Until this time EndNote X9 will continue to be taught, supported and used at WAI.

APA Referencing Style

All students and staff at William Angliss Institute are expected to use the APA 7th Referencing style when citing (referring to) the work of others in their writing. The APA 7th 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 Library 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

I'm trying to find APA 7th. Where is it?

Within your EndNote Library, select Edit>Output Styles>Open Style Manager and see whether APA 7 is in the list. 

If not you can download it from the bottom of the list by choosing ‘Get More on the Web’. You will be taken to a page where you can search for the APA 7 style. Select APA 7th – American Psychological Association 7th Edition. Download the style to the 'Styles' folder within your EndNote program. You will need to close your Library and reopen it before APA 7th is an available option to choose from the available Styles.

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