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What is EndNote?

EndNote is a desktop program that helps researchers quickly collect and organize references from online sources (or elsewhere), create a searchable personal database, find and cite these references while writing, and create bibliographies formatted in their style of choice. EndNote is flexible, customizable and sophisticated. For most users, however, it requires a significant investment of time to learn to use well.


Setting Up Find Full Text

The Find Full Text feature in EndNote X3 works with your Harvard ID and PIN to access licensed articles.  To enable EndNote to retrieve Harvard-licensed full-text documents, you’ll need to set up the Find Full Text options under the ‘Preferences’ menu.  For best results, also set up the OpenURL features under URLs & Links (instructions). To retrieve documents after you’ve followed these steps, simply highlight the references for which you’d like full text and run Find Full Text.To set up Find Full Text:

  1. From the Edit Menu, choose Preferences.
  2. Choose Find Full Text from the choices on the left.
  3. Check all four of the boxes for full text search options.
  4. For Open URL Path, enter
  5. For Authentication URL enter (HarvardKey required) 

To use Find Full Text, either pull down the ‘References’ menu and choose the ‘Find Full Text’ command, or right click on a reference and choose it.  For each session, the first time you launch Find Full Text, EndNote opens a mini browser window where you can authenticate with HarvardKey. Once you've logged in succesfully, you can close the window.


EndNote Connection File for HOLLIS Classic

For optimal searching of the HOLLIS Classic from within EndNote, we encourage EndNote users to download the latest version (9-10-2008) of the HOLLIS connection file for Windows or Mac. 


Purchasing EndNote

Users with a Harvard ID can purchase EndNote at a discount through Harvard. Students receive a deep discount; faculty and staff receive a smaller one. There are also discounts for departmental purchases.


EndNote Free Download (FAS Users Only)

Students, faculty, and staff of FAS can download EndNote at no charge to their own computers.CAUTION: The download is a keyserved application, which means that only a certain number of users can use it at the same time. You need to be online to use it, which is not the case if you purchase your own copy.  You may be blocked from using it if all available "keys" are in use. If you plan to use EndNote frequently for large research projects or under deadline, we advise that you purchase your own copy. If you want to use EndNote after leaving Harvard, you will need to purchase your own copy.  However, you may want to use the free download as a way to try EndNote before you buy it.Directions:Step 1: Installing the VPN ClientIf you have already installed the Virtual Private Network (VPN) software on your computer, go to step 2. If not, go to (you will need to enter your HUID and PIN).In the list of software downloads, find VPN Client. Click on the appropriate version (e.g., XP or Vista), accept the usage agreement, and continue. For more information about using VPN, see 2: Installing the KeyServerIf you have already installed the KeyServer, go to step 3. If not, go to;group=keyaccess and click on KeyAccess.  Accept the usage agreement, and continue.The KeyServer will download an installer package to your computer desktop. Double-click on the installer icon to complete the installation.Step 3: Installing EndNoteGo to (you will need to enter your HUID and PIN).In the list of software downloads, find EndNote. Click on it, and an installer package will be downloaded to your computer desktop. Double-click on the installer icon to continue with the installation.Step 4: Using EndNoteEach time you use EndNote on your computer, you must first run the VPN program. Go to Start > Programs > Cisco Systems VPN Client > VPN Client to open the program. Click 'Connect' and log in with your FAS username and password. Then you can open and use EndNote.