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Guidance on using EndNote software at the University of Adelaide

EndNote Online and EndNote Basic

EndNote Online has similar, but more restricted, functionality to the desktop version of EndNote.

Why use EndNote Online?

  • It is web-based, so it can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection;
  • You can sync with your desktop library;
  • It allows collaborative sharing of libraries;
  • It can contain an unlimited number of references and attachments.

It does not allow you to:

  • Use term lists for journal abbreviations;
  • Edit or add styles, filters and connections (specific University of Adelaide styles such as Harvard UofA are not available);
  • Preview the citation for a record in a chosen style.

The version of EndNote Online you have access to as a University of Adelaide student or staff member is a premium account; there is also a freely accessible basic account (EndNote Basic).

Differences between EndNote Online and EndNote Basic:

EndNote Online EndNote Basic
Available to users who have EndNote desktop (all University of Adelaide users)
Sync your desktop and online libraries
Available to anyone (
Unlimited references Storage limit of 50,000 references
Unlimited attachment storage 2GB attachment storage
4,200+ referencing styles 21 most commonly used styles
Full set of CWYW features in MS Word, via optional Cite While You Write plugin Limited set of CWYW features in MS Word, via optional Cite While You Write plugin
Created via your Desktop library Created by signing up via
Lasts for two years from activation date - reverts to Basic after this

To reactivate for a futher two years: Upgrade to new version of EndNote, sync account

Stays at Basic level

We recommend that you create an EndNote online account through EndNote desktop to give you maximum storage capacity and access to local styles.

To set up an EndNote online account follow the instructions in the Syncing your EndNote library tab below.