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Given that the EndNote software is only licencesd while a UTS student, how can I access my thesis references etc once I graduate or withdraw from my research? This may be necessary whilst in relevant employment or on transfer to another university.

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Hi Stephen,

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D Litting, 2 years ago

Hi Stephen,

If you have EndNote desktop software and a library of references they won't be affected by your moving on from UTS in future. Technically EndNote does insinuate that you should bin everything as soon as you leave but that is a rather fanciful notion I think. 

What will disappear at some point though will be your EndNote Online account - as EndNote online pings the email address that you used to create the account every six months and if it bounces back your EndNote online will disappear. If you move to another uni this can be prevented by changing the home email address on your EndNote Online account when you move on.

I hope this helps, let me know if not


Hi Stephen

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Patrick, 2 years ago

Hi Stephen

another issue to consider is the regular updates that Word processing software and operating systems undergo. So at first you will be fine, your EndNote software, EndNote library, and Word functionality will all continue as normal. And as long as you don't update either your Word software or your operating system, all will be good, essentially indefinitely. Problems might arise if you do update either of these, because that can sometimes conflict with EndNote; and while EndNote issues updates too, and new versions about every 18 months, you wouldn't be able to get the new versions without paying for them. You can check compatibility between versions of EndNote, Word, and Windows/Mac OS here.

Of course, if you are working at another university, and that university has an EndNote licence, you'd be able to install any updates or new versions from their site, so the above issues won't matter.

As my colleague David mentioned, you might lose your EndNote Online account at some point, though I think EndNote might let you create a new one for free - worth looking into perhaps. You'd certainly be able to do this at another university.


You could export your library

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cli, 3 weeks ago

You could export your library to another platform. I recommend Zotero, it's open source, free, and, IMHO it's superior to Endnote.

The export/import process from any reference manager to another can be painful, I went from Mendeley to Zotero. But it was worth it in the end. The Zotero help/forums are great too.

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