Do you have a paper or papers to write?
You know you do. Would you like an easier way to collect and organize references? Would you like to have all of your pdf’s stored in one convenient and easily searchable collection or library? Would you like to effortlessly share your citations with a group? Do APA or MLA citation mystify you? Or, would you like to have in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies (or reference lists) automatically generated for you? If you said yes to any or all of these questions then keep reading, because you might want to learn about EndNote.
EndNote is a citation management software system that SDSU students can download onto their personal computers at no cost to them. This desktop EndNote version integrates with EndNote Online as well as with an iPad app. And EndNote is installed on the Windows PCs in the Library Computing Hub, and the 24/7 Study and Research Services areas. It almost sounds too good to be true. But it is!
To be fair, EndNote is not the only citation management game in town. In fact, there are many excellent systems freely available online including Zotero, EasyBib, and Mendeley which have many of the same basic features, and some unique features all their own. Check them out to see which system is best for you. What sets EndNote apart from the crowd is that it offers excellent video tutorials and outstanding customer support; it will import over 50 different reference types (electronically or manually) including journal articles, webpages, podcasts, datasets, grants, music, and theses, and can format citations in over 6,000 bibliographic styles. EndNote allows you to annotate and highlight attached pdf's. And it is so searchable that you can find your citations by author, title, reference type, or even by the text in the notes you added (and more). Its amazing Cite While You Write (CWYW) feature is integrated with Word to help you format papers according to any citation style you choose and since the desk top verion syncs to EndNote Online, you can reach your citations from any computer with internet access.
With a few simple clicks, EndNote helps you to collect citations from online sources (such as Library databases) and to organize, search and share them, and it automatically generates in-text citations, footnotes or endnotes, and bibliographies. Watch these short introductory videos to see for yourself what EndNote can do for you. Taking a little time now to learn EndNote will save you lots of time in the future, your research will be better organized, and your papers will look better than ever. And since you do have more papers to write, it's time to learn EndNote.
Questions? Contact the Research Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619)594-6728.