Endnote basic is the free online version of the popular desktop citation management software from Thomson Reuters. Endnote basic will allow you to store and generate references based on citation styles such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. Endnote basic also comes with a "Cite While You Write" plugin that will work with Microsoft Word to automatically generate parenthetical references and a bibliography as you write your research papers. The online version available to LIU students and faculty has more features than the free Endnote basic version online that is available to anyone. Please be sure to register for a free account on campus or, if off campus, by using the proxied link below. If you own a personal copy of the desktop Endnote software you will be able to sync your citation library with the online version.
You can search some of the library's databases from within Endnote. Once you login as an LIU User you will be able to choose several online resources to search for citations. Click on the "Collect" tab and then "Online Search." Select a database to search or add them to your "favorites," While this is a convenient feature, you may lose some of the database's functionality by using the Endnote online search. It is recommended that you conduct your online database searches in the library databases and then export the citations into Endnote.
You may find that the database or online resource you are using does not have Direct Export for Endnote. In these cases, you can download (export) the citations manually. You do need to export the citations into a format recognizable by Endnote. A standard format for exporting citations is called RIS. If this format is available, you should use it for exporting. Generally, you want to save the records in RIS format and then import them manually into Endnote. The instructions for importing records manually into Endnote are listed below (#6 - #13)
The library subscribes to several databases from the Proquest family. Proquest does not offer Direct Export for Endnote. Follow the instructions below for exporting references from Proquest databases into Endnote:
NOTE: If you are off campus you will need to use the link above. If you use the direct link (www.myendnoteweb.com) off campus you will not be registered as an LIU User. However, on campus either link will register you as an LIU user.
With the Cite While You Write plugin you can insert references, and format citations and bibliographies automatically while you write your papers in Microsoft Word. There is both a Windows and MAC OS version. To access:
Many of the library databases will allow you to export citations into Endnote. Each database interface handles this slightly differently. The example instructions below are for our Ebscohost databases.
Note: We recommend that you sign up for a free My Ebscohost account and the citations will be saved in your account. For more information on this feature please view the video at this link: