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Guidance on using EndNote software at the University of Adelaide

Saving an EndNote library

Your EndNote library is saved when you create it. This is made up of two files, both of which are necessary for your EndNote library to function correctly. One is the library name.enl file, the other is the library folder. You will open and work with the .enl file but the .data folder will contain any PDFs stored in your library, the trash file, groups, term lists, etc. It is very important and must not be removed or renamed unless you are deleting your library.

Screenshot of EndNote library file icon      Screenshot of EndNote data folder

There are two options to make a backup copy of your EndNote library:

  • Save a copy.  Select File > Save a Copy from the EndNote library main menu.  This option will make a copy of your .enl file and .data folder. The default name of the files will be the same as the original with the addition of copy. You can choose the computer location, or external hard drive, where you want to store it.
  • Save as a compressed fileSelect File > Compress Library (.enlx).  This will compress/zip up both files into a single file (.enlx). The smaller size of the file means that it is a better option if you are saving to an external drive, such as a USB, or emailing the library. You can choose to compress the library with file attachments or without, and also select specific references or those that appear in a group or group set, rather than the whole library.
    To unzip/decompress this file - simply click on it to open it. 

Screenshot of EndNote compressed library icon

Video: EndNote 20 Compress Library (1:00)