Jimmy McColery: EndNote is a comprehensive citation management system that allows researchers to organize PDF files of research articles they read and write manuscripts. It also helps researchers create bibliographies in a wide range of standard reference styles and formats, such as the APA, MLA, and IEEE. Its powerful search features help users quickly find and locate information in large databases, including open access or subscription-based resources. Its integration with Word makes it easy to insert a citation or a bibliography and automatically create the appropriate formatting. Its capability to share libraries with colleagues makes it an invaluable tool for collaborative projects.
EndNote has a number of other time-saving efficiencies for authors, such as Instant Formatting and a Cite While You Write plug-in for Microsoft Word that automatically formats a document according to the selected style. The software’s ability to deduplicate records is a valuable feature for researchers conducting systematic reviews, where the same reference may be cited in several different databases with varying content and search results (e.g., MEDLINE searches in Pub-Med and Web of Science).
The program is available for both Macintosh and Windows. The latest update, EndNote X20, offers a cleaner user interface and adds a few new features, including the ability to paste by right-clicking, the ability to assign a folder in which to store references, and the ability to select multiple records and insert them into a document. It also allows users to attach files to a record, and includes five one-click icons for adding a reference, sharing a group, searching for full text, and creating a Web of Science citation report.