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Downloading EndNote

EndNote 21 can be downloaded by University of Cambridge staff and students. Choose the correct license for you. (Raven account required).

  • Select the option to download 'Single Student/Staff License [For Personally Owned Devices Only]', unless you are installing Endnote on a University-owned computer or laptop. 
  • This will prompt you to fill in a form.
  • You will then be emailed a file to download. This is sent from Academia, the third-party company which provides access to Endnote for University of Cambridge staff and students.
  • The email will include a code (a long string of numbers and letters) which you will need to use when installing Endnote on your device. 

If you have any problems installing Endnote, it is best to contact Academia directly - their email address is

iDiscover and Endnote

There are two ways to download references into Endnote:

  • Go to the platform you wish to search (e.g. iDiscover, or databases such as Web of Science, Pubmed, or Scopus), searching for books and articles, and using the inbuilt export options there.
  • Search within Endnote

Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to search iDiscover from within Endnote. However, it is possible to add iDiscover by downloading the temporary connector below.

EndNote & referencing

EndNote logo

EndNote is a reference manager that can help you organise your research and collaborate with others online.

With EndNote, you can:

  • Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, and more
  • Import citations from many databases
  • Extract metadata from imported PDFs
  • Collaborate with other researchers online
  • Organise your sources using groups, tags, and filters
  • Insert references into Word and PowerPoint
  • Back up your Endnote library using Endnote Online
  • Share your Endnote library with other researchers

It takes a lot of the hard work out of formatting references, leaving you more time for writing and less time stressing about the punctuation.

EndNote tips:

The following guides are available from the Medical Library:

A useful set of guides is available from EndNote.

There are lots of video guides, on the EndNote YouTube channel, but here's one to get you started which takes you through the key features of EndNote in 7 minutes:

Reference styles

EndNote has countless referencing styles that you can choose. You can also download additional styles from the Endnote website, or create your own style if the style you need isn't available.

Link to other guides


Endnote can be used to help remove duplicate references. This is particularly useful if a number of different databases have been searched, for example in a literature or systematic review. The accuracy of duplicate removal can be improved by working through a series of different combinations of fields to compare.

  1. From the Edit menu select Preferences, then Duplicates.
  2. Select the fields to be compared, then click Apply.
  3. In the Library menu, select Find Duplicates
  4. Cancel the Find Duplicates window that opens to see the full list of duplicates in the library.
  5. Click and hold over one of the highlighted papers, and drag into the trash. This will move the duplicates into the trash.

Keep an eye out for anonymous papers - without an author field there may be false positives.

Our recommended deduplication pattern is:

  1. Author, Year, Title, Secondary Title, Volume
  2. Author, Year, Title, Secondary Title
  3. Author, Year, Title, Volume
  4. Author, Year, Secondary Title, Volume
  5. Author, Title, Secondary Title, Volume
  6. Year, Title, Secondary Title, Volume
  7. Author, Year, Title
  8. Author, Year, Secondary Title
  9. Author, Title, Secondary Title
  10. Year, Title, Secondary Title

For more detail, please see

Bramer, W.M. et al De-duplication of database search results for systematic reviews in EndNote (link opens in new window). Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2016; 104(3):240-243.


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