Simply open EndNote for the first time. The program will prompt you to create a library.
1. Open EndNote, which will open an existing library
2. In the toolbar, click File then click New
3. A box titled "New Reference Library" will appear
4. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Save As" box, this will allow you to select a location for your file, like "Desktop" or "Documents"
5. Change the name in the "Save As" box to something that will make sense to you, like a description of the library or the name of the project or class you're working on
6. Check the "Save as Package" box
IMPORTANT! If you do not check this box, EndNote will create a .ENL file and a .DATA folder. Knowing whether these are separated or combined becomes very important when saving, porting, or merging your library
7. Click "Save"
8. You will be redirected to your new blank library
Saving your local library on a removable drive:
IMPORTANT! There are two files that make up every EndNote library, a .ENL file and a .Data file. The .Data file is a proprietary file that houses information from your library. The .ENL file is an interface that pulls information from the .Data file and creates the interactive library you see. Without the .ENL file, you will not be able to read the information in the .Data file. Without the .Data file, the .ENL file will not be able to pull information for you to read.
PLEASE READ: It is possible to transfer references from EndNote Web to your desktop or local EndNote library and vice versa. However, it can only be done from your local library not EndNote Web.
1. Transferring to EndNote Web from local:
2. Transferring from EndNote Web to local:
WARNING: File attachments and inserted figures WILL NOT transfer from local to web.