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Sync Your Library

Please note:

  • You can only sync to one EndNote Online account
  • You may want to create a compressed copy/backup of your EndNote desktop library before syncing (if you already have references, PDFs, etc.)
  • For the first synchronization a large EndNote library may take a long time - future synchronization will be much faster as it only syncs new references.
  • After synchronization any reference you delete will be deleted from both the desktop EndNote library and the EndNote Online library.
  • Group Sets will not synchronize to EndNote Online.

EndNote: Syncing a Library (< 3 min)

This video tutorial will show you how to:

  1. Set up an EndNote Online account
  2. Synchronize an existing EndNote desktop library to an EndNote Online library
  3. Synchronize an EndNote Online library to a 2nd computer

*This video shows the process from a previous version of EndNote, but the steps remain the same.


To access your EndNote Online Library:

  • Use this link: EndNote Online
  • Or from EndNote Desktop Library top menu:
    • Help > Online library


EndNote Sync Status

Once you've configured your EndNote 20 desktop library to sync with your online library, you can activate the sync process and check on its status:

  1. Click on Sync Status on the top left-hand side of the screen in EndNote Desktop  The sync stats of your library will be displayed.
  2. Click on Sync Now in the top right-hand side of the screen, to initiate a refreshed sync status.