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Guidance on using EndNote software at the University of Adelaide

Upgrading to a newer version of EndNote

Work computer: simply install the new version of EndNote from the Software Centre (Windows) or Mac Self Service.

Home computer/laptop: You will need to save your library and save any customised files, e.g. output styles.. Then uninstall the previous version of EndNote and install the new version. Your library will be opened with the new version of EndNote. You can now add the customised styles into your EndNote program. Alternately you can save your customised files into My Documents - EndNote - Styles/Filters/Connection Files (individual folders). Either way you will be able to use these files from within EndNote.

Upgrading from a version older than x9.3

EndNote versions x9.3 and 20 are significantly different from, and not backwards compatible with, earlier versions of EndNote.  Therefore, libraries created with earlier versions cannot be opened in X9.3 or EndNote 20 without conversion of the library to a new format.  The conversion should be automatic when the library is opened in the newer version.  An alert will appear:

EndNote screenshot: conversion of earlier version of EndNote library.

Click OK to proceed.  The EndNote library will be converted, with a name change reflecting this: e.g. “My EndNote Library-converted.enl.”  When this is saved, a new .Data folder will be created and the library will be opened.
If this process is attempted on a University device with the EndNote files (.enl and .Data) stored on the U: drive, it is likely to result in an error message, or the converted library will be empty:

EndNote error message: Failed to open converted database

If this alert appears, copy the original library and the associated .Data folder and save both of them to the C:Drive > Users > a####### folder.  Open the library again and it will be converted and opened for you.  You can then copy the converted library and .Data folder back to the U: drive.

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