EndNote Basic is a web-based bibliographic manager that includes a word processing plug-in for Microsoft Word. It is popular with researchers that use academic databases to find information and want a bibliographic manager that they can access from any computer. It is recommended for those familiar with the EndNote desktop software, but EndNote Basic (while free) has fewer features than RefWorks or the desktop version of EndNote.
Notable features of EndNote Basic include:
The Boston University Libraries provide access and support for EndNote Basic, but not the desktop version of EndNote. If you wish to purchase the desktop version, refer to BU's Information Services & Technology site for purchasing information.
If you already have an account with Web of Science, EndNote, or ResearcherID, you can use those credentials to sign in. Otherwise, you can create a free account as a member of the BU community. After you create an account, you will arrive at Project Neon, the hub for the Thomson Reuters products listed above. To return to EndNote Basic, click the navigation icon in the upper left of the window.
Once your account is created, you can start sending references to your EndNote Basic collection. There are several ways to do this:
You can create standalone bibliographies and in-text citations with EndNote Basic. Both options are located under Format in your EndNote Basic toolbar.
To create a standalone bibliography, follow these steps:
To cite sources within a Microsoft Word document, follow these steps:
Note: Any sources you cite within your document in this way will automatically be added as bibliography items at the end of the document.