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Downloading EndNote instructions

The university has a site license for the EndNote product and makes it available to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

You have to be connected to the campus network, including the Virginia Tech VPN , to download EndNote from the Software Distribution Office site. (Off campus users not connected to the VPN cannot download the software; Off Campus Sign In will not facilitate the download.)

Install EndNote X7 for Windows:

  1. Go to the Virginia Tech network software site and login with your Virginia Tech PID and password.
  2. Click on the EndNote X7 for Windows download link to display the. license agreement. Scroll to the bottom and check this box - Yes, I have read the license agreement and agree to abide by its terms and then click the Accept Agreement button.
  3. Click on the Download EndNote X7 for Windows download - EndNote X7.exe. If the file does not start downloading, check the toolbar to see if there is a message that the downloading has been blocked, in which case clicking on that message will give you the opportunity to download file.
  4. Save the file to your desktop (or whatever location you choose), and then log out of the network software site.
  5. Find the downloaded file, which is a self-extracting Windows executable file. Double-click or run the .exe file to begin EndNote installation.
  6. You can choose a typical or a custom installation.  The typical installation includes the 100 most popular output styles, connection files, and import filters.  A custom installation will let you add additional files.  
  7. Click on Run or Finish to complete the installation process.
  8. There is an update available, which can be run from within EndNote. Click on Help and then choose EndNote Program Updates.

Install EndNote X7 for Macs

The Macintosh version is a disk image file that should mount automatically when downloaded; if not, double click on the file name to start the program setup.You will drag the program from the disc image window to your Applications folder. X7 is the latest version. After installing, click on Help and then choose EndNote Program Updates to find any minor updates that should be installed. Note that the program can be installed anywhere, but if it is not installed in the Application folder, you will need to manually configure the locations of import filters, connection files, output styles, and the Cite While You Write files (it's much easier to just install into the Applications folder).

Off campus downloaders

Off campus users can access the software download site only after setting up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) account. To be eligible for VPN you must be subscribed to the Virginia Tech Wireless Network Service. VPN connectivity is currently a free service. You must register for the wireless service. So, even if you'll never use the campus wireless service, go ahead and register for wireless so that you can establish a VPN account.

Last resort: Installation CDs

If, for some reason, you are unable to access the download site or to successfully implement a VPN connection, the Library has CDs you can borrow to install the program. Contact Lori Lee (540-231-5069) for details. There are copies as well at the graduate centers in Abingdon, Falls Church, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke.


EndNote live webinars

  • EndNote combined desktop and Online for Macintosh

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    1:00pm
    Register on Webex 

    Learn to use EndNote for Macintosh. 

  • EndNote combined desktop and Online for Macintosh

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    6:30pm
    Register on Webex 

    Learn to use EndNote for Macintosh. 

  • EndNote combined desktop and Online for Macintosh

    Thursday, November 6, 2014
    1:00pm
    Register on Webex 

    Learn to use EndNote for Macintosh. 


EndNote Online

EndNote Online is the cloud-based version of EndNote. There is a free version anyone (including alumni) can use; students, faculty, and staff have access to the full version of EndNote web (that can sync with your installed desktop version) because of our subscription to Web of Science. You can install browser extensions to ease access to your EndNote libraries while searching online.