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EndNote X9

Share your EndNote Library with Other EndNote X9 Users

You can share your entire library* (including references, groups, group sets, full-text attachments, annotations, and notes) with up to 100 other EndNote X9 users.  With EndNote X9, the library owner can restrict access to read-only or permit full read-write access individually.

You can share an EndNote X8 library to someone using EndNote X9. However, you cannot share an EndNote X9 library with someone who has EndNote X8.

Sharing requires you to login to your account or create a new one. Keep in mind that all references in your that you login to will be shared with the other EndNote users you invite to your shared library, not just the references in the library you are choosing to share. 

*You can share one library from your Mac or Windows desktop. The library that you share will also be the library that you can access online at or on your iPad using the EndNote for iPad app. There is no limit to the number of libraries that can be shared with you by others.

To Share your EndNote Library with Other EndNote X9 Users:

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  1. To invite colleagues, select the Share button to begin inviting colleagues to share your library. 
  2. Enter the email addresses of your colleague(s) that you want to share with then select Invite.
  3. Go to File>Open Shared Library to access all your shared libraries

Learn more about sharing

VIDEO: Best Practices for Sharing Manuscripts

Email your EndNote Library

To Email your EndNote Library:

  1. Open the EndNote Library you would like to e-mail.
  2. Go to File, Compressed Library (.enlx)
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  4. Select Create. You can choose to send the library with or without file attachments. You can also choose to send All of the References in Library or just choose Selected References or All References in a Group.
  5. Choose Next and save your library. Your library will save as a .enlx file.
  6. You can now attach your .enlx file to an e-mail.

Video Instructions

Export Your Traveling Library

A Traveling Library refers to the citations in your Word document that were entered using EndNote. Each time you insert a reference using EndNote, EndNote pulls the corresponding reference from your open library. If the library is not available or not open, EndNote uses the “traveling library” for reference information. This allows you to collaborate with other authors on a paper without each author having the same EndNote library.

When you receive an MS Word document that has been created with EndNote citations you can export the “traveling library” from Word into a new or existing EndNote library on your own computer by following these steps:

To Export Your Traveling Library:

  1. Open your document in Word. Go to the EndNote X9 tab.
  2. Select Export to EndNote and Export Traveling Library.
  3. Click here to view screenshot of step 2

  4. Select the EndNote library you would like to export your references to.
  5. After exporting, select Update Citations and Bibliography. This will reconnect your EndNote Library to your Word document, and ensure that your newly downloaded citations are linked correctly.  
  6. Click here to view screenshot of step 4

 (Tip: You can only export citations that were entered using EndNote.)

Share Groups with allows users to share a group or groups of references with other users.

To Share Groups using

Share your groups by clicking on the Organize tab, choose Manage My Groups and check the Share box. Next, click on the Manage Sharing button and add the e-mail address of the person you wish to share your group with. You can allow that person to ‘read only’ or ‘read and write’ to the group. You can only share your group with someone who is also has an account.

Video tutorial

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Share a single group from your online library to your desktop library by logging into your EndNote Online account, selecting the Format tab, choosing Export References. Select the group you'd like to share. Choose RefMan (RIS) as your Export style and Save.  Go to your EndNote desktop library. Choose File, Import, File. Choose the .txt file you saved. Choose Reference Manager (RIS) as your Import Option and select Import.

Can I upload my EndNote library onto

EndNote does not recommend using cloud storage services like Dropbox or Box. The synchronization process used by cloud storage can corrupt the files in your EndNote library.

However, you can upload a compressed library (.enlx) onto as a backup. 

Do not open/edit the library while in Box. To access and edit the library you would need to download the library each time, save it to your local computer, and then compress the library again and re-upload into box when you are finished. 

Create an EndNote Library from References Entered Manually in a Word Document

Use the Citation Finder website to export plain-text references from a Word document to a .RIS file (the type of file EndNote can import). Follow these instructions:

  1. Copy all of the references from the Word Document reference section
  2. Go to the Citation Finder Website ( and paste them in the text area (each reference must be on a separate line)
  3. Click here to view screenshot of step 2

  4. Choose RIS for citation format
  5. Click here to view screenshot of step 3

  6. Click the Search button to retrieve matches
  7. Check each result found, select the correct match for each item, then press "Download All" at the end of the page. (You can edit the citation text and search again if a good match wasn't found, or if no correct match was found, leave the item with no matches selected).
  8. Click here to view screenshot of step 5

  9. Open the EndNote Library you wish to import the references to or create a new EndNote Library.
  10. Voilà – they will import into your library (you may need to review the references to ensure they formatted correctly)







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