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How to get EndNote Desktop

Dakota State University students, faculty, and staff can download a desktop version of EndNote as part of the Mundt Library's subscription to Web of Knowledge (Clarivate Analytics) database.

  • If you want to upgrade from an earlier version, see Upgrade Information & Instructions on this page before downloading.  
  • To download, go through the instructions below download EndNote Desktop.

If you are unable to download, please report the problem to DSU Librarians.

Download Instructions for Windows

Before you begin...

If you are currently using a version of EndNote before X21, read "Upgrade Information & Instructions" on this page.

Follow these steps to download the current version of EndNote:

  1. Go to this site to find the download files: EndNote
  2. Sign in using your DSU credentials.
  3. Open the appropriate folder for either Windows or Mac download.
  4. For Windows download and save both files in the same place on your computer.
  5. Run the msi file named "EN21Inst".
  6. If you are unable to download, please report the problem to DSU Librarians.

Upgrade Information & Instructions

Will my database/library be automatically converted to the new version?

  • EndNote should be able to convert any library from an earlier version of EndNote. Before upgrading to a new version of EndNote, you may want to use the "Recover Library" command on your "EndNote library" to ensure that the data in the library is cleaned up.
  • If you do have problems converting a library, see the Support links on the EndNote website.

EndNote recommends that you uninstall all previous versions. (This is not strictly necessary but it may prevent application errors.)

  1. First back up any existing EndNote library files and any customized content files (e.g. styles, connection files, and filters).
  2. Close all open programs, and then uninstall any older versions by selecting "Add/Remove Programs" from the Windows Control Panel (or trash the old folders on a Mac).
  3. Once any older versions have been uninstalled, run the EndNote download following instructions elsewhere on this page.
  4. This will create a new EndNote program folder, and you can then move any backed up library or content files into this new folder.