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EndNote Desktop: 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 WAI Library can help you.

Note: EndNote is a helpful tool, but as with any software, has its limitations, and does not replace a basic understanding of referencing principles or the style used.

Using EndNote on campus and at home

EndNote is pre-installed on William Angliss Institute computers in Melbourne in the Library and rooms A220, A221, A340, A434, A437, D207, D209, D211 and D212.

At the Sydney campus, EndNote is installed on the available computers.

This means that 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.

If a previous version of EndNote (... X8, X9) is already installed on your device, uninstall this first before downloading EndNote 20

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

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 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.

The default APA 7th style in EndNote has some issues, so an "APA 7th-WAI" style has been created, available on all PCs on campus where EndNote is installed, and also available for download on MyWAI

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