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This guide will show you how to get and use EndNote at ACU

About EndNote

EndNote is software for storing, managing, searching and sharing references.


  • keeps records including details of books, book chapters, journal articles, websites, conference papers and theses.
  • organizes records in groups and allows you to add keywords, labels and notes
  • creates and formats reference lists in a selected style, eg. APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver.
  • stores articles for you (PDF files)
  • saves records from search engines and databases
  • searches library catalogues and resources like PubMed to find items

EndNote Compatibility for Mac

Get EndNote

EndNote is free for our staff and students. To get your copy, either:

  1. Download EndNote to your computer **
  2. Get an EndNote USB flash drive mailed to you**

By accepting the EndNote software from ACU, you agree to abide by the following Conditions of Use.

**If you use Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra), please select the X8 version of EndNote

Conditions of Use:

  1. The Software is available to current students and staff of Australian Catholic University. Your right to use this Software ends when you are no longer a staff member or student of Australian Catholic University, at which point you must remove the EndNote Software from all computers
  2. This Software must not be lent, given or sold to anyone else.
  3. The Software may only be used during the time of the license agreement. The current agreement ends in August 2017.

Before installing EndNote for Mac

Especially if you currently use EndNote, make sure to do the following before installing a new version:

  1. Save a compressed version of your EndNote library.
    1. Go to File > Compressed Library (.enlx)
    2. Make sure to select “With File Attachments” and “All References in Library”.
  2. Keep a separate copy of your Output Styles, Import Filters, and Connection Files.
    1. By default, these are stored in an EndNote folder, as follows:‚Äč Documents\EndNote
    2. Copy (but don’t delete) this entire folder to another location on your computer – perhaps just create another folder called “EndNote Backup”, and copy the original folder's contents here.

Installing EndNote for Mac

Installing EndNote X8

  • Make sure no other applications are running.
  • Double-click on the EndNoteX8.dmg file you have downloaded or have stored on a USB drive.
  • Double-click "Install EndNote".
  • Click on "Install".

Installing EndNote X7.1**

  • Make sure no other applications are running.
  • Double-click on the EndNoteX7.dmg file you have downloaded or have stored on a USB drive.
  • In the window that appears, drag the EndNote X7 folder from the left and into the Applications folder on the right.
  • Follow any instructions for how you wish EndNote X7 to be installed.
  • Click on "Install"

**If you use Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra), EndNote X8 is the only version that will install on your computer.