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Medical Scholarship: EndNote

A handy guide for your medical scholarship adventures

What is EndNote

EndNote is a citation manager that Rowan University Libraries have licensed for use across Rowan University.  It automates much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies. 

  • Create personal, searchable libraries of citations to articles, books, media, websites, and almost any form of communication.  
  • Generates properly formatted citations and bibliographies (reference lists) using publication or citation styles you select to get your research and scholarship published.  

This guide offers a step-by-step tutorial covering the basics of using EndNote.  EndNote is a complex program and users are encouraged to review tutorials and documentation before working with EndNote or contact your Rowan Library to consult with an expert on using EndNote.  EndNote should be used from the earliest stages of the research process.  
EndNote at Rowan University

  • Rowan users can install the EndNote app/program on multiple Windows and Mac computers.
  • EndNote Web, A cloud-based version of EndNote is also available that can be accessed from any internet connected computer.  Use your Rowan email address to create an EndNote account that allows a greater degree of functionality.  
  • The computer installed version of EndNote can be used independently of EndNote Web.  Both, the web and computer-based versions of EndNote are needed to share citations and collaborate with others. 
  • EndNote 21 Web is a brand new online version of the EndNote that can only be used with EndNote 21 for the laptop/desktop, and also allows EndNote Cite While your Write (CWYW) integration into Google Docs.  

Download and Install EndNote at Rowan University

EndNote Help

Guide and videos tutorials from the creators of EndNote, Clarivate Analytics. 

Contact a Rowan Librarian specializing in EndNote

Downloading and Installing EndNote 21 to a Computer

1. Go to

2. Click on Endnote 21 for your operating system (Windows or Mac) to download.  

3. Select your affiliation, either Rowan or Cooper, and log-in using the appropriate username and password to verify your affiliation to begin download (IF prompted to open or save the file, select save.)

1. It is recommended to uninstall previous versions of EndNote before installing the new version. 

  • Uninstalling EndNote will not delete or change your existing EndNote libraries. 
  • Do not install EndNote on cloud or networked spaces. 
  • Admin rights are needed to install EndNote on Rowan managed computers. 

2. Close all Microsoft Office apps (Word, Outlook, etc.)

3. On your computer or laptop go to folder where the file was saved.

4. Unzip the EndNote folder by right clicking on the zipped folder and use the Extract All option.

5. Extract both the Windows installer and the license.dat file to the same folder. 

6. Open the new unzipped or uncompressed folder labeled EndNote 21

7. Click "EN21Inst.msi" to begin installation, accept the licensing agreement. For most users select the typical install.  If you need a greater variety of discipline specific publication styles and database styles select custom install.  See the Custom Install handout for more information. 

  • If prompted to enter a product key during installation the Windows installer and the license.dat file are not in the same folder, or the EndNote file was not unzipped.
  • It is recommended that you DO NOT install "EndNote Click" or other browser extensions if given the option.  Rowan Libraries support a similar service that is already integrated into Rowan Libraries' systems.   

8. Use the default destination for the install. After installation is complete, launch EndNote.  


Close all other applications before installing EndNote

 Launch the "EndNote21SiteInstaller.dmg" file you downloaded.

Double-click the "Install EndNote 21 app" image.

This will bring up an image with "Licensed to: Rowan University"

Click the "Install" button". This may take several minutes to complete.

You should click on "Next" when prompted, and accept the default setting if prompted. 

It is recommended that you do not install "EndNote Click" when given the option.  Rowan Libraries support a similar service that is already integrated into Rowan Libraries' systems.