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Endnote and Mendeley information

EndNote - A reference library management system

EndNote is a software program that can store, recall and cite bibliographic information when composing research papers. EndNote allows writers to easily insert citations while at the same time creating bibliographies in the style of their choice (such as MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and most others) using Microsoft Word, Apple Pages '09, Writer 3 and Mathematica 8. EndNote allows you to attach PDF articles to each reference. You are able to save a compressed library .enlx, which saves the PDF articles along with the references, allowing you to email and share with others.

To start using EndNote, you will need to purchase and download the software program . You can then download and open the compressed an EndNote library from this website, one of the  “EndNote Program File” libraries, e.g., Anaphylaxis.enlx. When you open the file on your computer, it will decompress and you will have the functional EndNote library file, Anaphylaxis.enl, and the folder holding all the PDF articles,


EndNote 7 is the full package product and works with both the Mac and PC computers and is the most recent version offering many new features over previous versions. The new features of EndNote 7 (X7) and the comparisons of X4, X5, X6, and X7 products can be found at: For a first time user the cost is $249.95 and $99.95 for those who own a previous version and want to upgrade. Large group discounts are also available. Many US universities and hospitals offer this full package free to students, faculty, and staff members. There is reduced student and academic pricing available for an individual. A free month trial is available for anyone.

International Distributors

Thomson Reuters, the owner company for EndNote partners with companies around the world and offers sales, support and training in many local languages. The Distribution Partners offer expert full-time, in region training and support.

EndNote Training

Thomson Reuters, the EndNote software owner, offer extensive online training, by text, video, and on-line classes. There are over 100 EndNote training videos on YouTube. The training videos can also be downloaded. See:

There is a "Getting Started Guide-Windows"

There is also a "Getting Started Guide-Mac"

Many university and hospital sites also offer their own training manuals and videos. However, the Thomson Reuters always presents the most updated training for the new versions and indicates any incompatibilities when Microsoft Word and other word processing programs and PC and Mac operating programs are upgraded every 1-2 years.

MENDELEY—A free reference manager (

Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and shar ing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, OS X and Linux) with MendeleyWeb, an online social network for researchers. Mendeley compares a variety of reference management programs at . Go to to set up your free account.

Mendeley Desktop, offers you many of the same functions as EndNote:

  • Automatic extraction of document details
  • Efficient management of your papers
  • Attach PDF articles to references
  • Sharing and synchronization, e.g., on mobile devices
  • A plug-in for citing your articles in Microsoft Word
  • OCR (image-to-text conversion, so you can full-text search all your scanned PDFs)
  • Compatible with Windows Word 2003, 2007, 2010, Mac Word 2008, 2011, LibreOffice, and BibTeX.

Mendeley DOES NOT allow you to have separate libraries, e.g., one library for “Anaphylaxis” and a separate library for “Allergy Immunotherapy”, but will combine all of the references into one single library. This is probably the largest disadvantage as with EndNote you can have an endless number of libraries, each with their own folders and subfolders. With EndNote you can easily combine libraries or move references from one library to another.

However, in Mendeley you can have “Folders” and “Subfolders ” which will allow you to organize your library into categories, e.g., Anaphylaxis and “Allergy Immunotherapy”, but this will require some additional manual moving of references. Importing all of our EndNote libraries into Mendeley Desktop will create one very large library in Mende ley.

Once you have set up Mendeley Desktop, you can download and directly import the EndNote XML file into Mendeley.

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