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Guidance on using EndNote software at the University of Adelaide

Your EndNote library is saved when you create it. This is made up of 2 files. 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 PDF 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 2 options to make a backup copy of your EN 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 . Choose the computer location where you want to save it.
  • Save as a compressed fileSelect File > Compress Library (.enlx).  This will compress/zip up both files into a single file (.enlx). This also gives you the option of saving or emailing it; with file attachments or without; the whole EndNote library or just the references in a group or selected references. This is the preferred option if saving to an external drive such as a USB. 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)