Your EndNote library is a file (with the extension .enl) that is created and managed within the EndNote program. It is necessary for you to store your references.
You can create a new library by opening the EndNote program. To do this, go to the “File” menu and choose “New…”. However, keep in mind the following principles:
This will create two files with the same name:
Both files need to be in the same location for EndNote to work correctly. Store the .enl EndNote library file on your computer’s hard drive (storing it on a cloud or network drive can cause corruption).
In the Preview section of the Summary tab on the Reference panel, you can see how the reference would look in a document, using the referencing style of your choice.
To select your required referencing style:
To see a preview of the reference in that style:
Whether you are installing a newer version of EndNote or reinstalling on a new computer, it is important that you make a backup copy of your library. There are two methods you can use to backup your library:
To create a Compressed Library:
To restore an EndNote library you just need to go to the File menu, select Open and choose your backed up .enlx file.
Alternatively, the second method of backing up your EndNote library is to Save a Copy of your library.
For further information about backing up your library, visit EndNote's support page: EndNote: Moving, backing up, or transferring libraries to another computer.
There are a few ways that you can customise EndNote to best suit your needs. For instance, you can:
For further customisation information, view the Setting Preferences page.