EndNote - Install/Licensing


  • How do I install EndNote?
  • Do I need to pay for EndNote?
  • How can I use EndNote for free?


  • Oregon State University
  • Student
  • Employee
  • Graduate Employee
  • Windows
  • Mac 

License Restrictions

EndNote is free for students for classwork usage. Factulty/staff and students using EndNote for work purposes must purchase a license for $105. The EndNote license is good for up to two computers simultaneously.

Use the form here to obtain a license: Software - EndNote License Request

Install Steps

If installing from off campus, make sure to connect to the VPN before proceeding.


  1. Open Windows file explorer and enter \\software.oregonstate.edu\software into the address bar.
  2. If prompted for a username and password, enter "ONID\[Your ONID Username]" for the username and your ONID password for the password.
  3. Find the EndNote folder with the desired version and for Windows (X8, X9, or 20).
  4. Copy the folder to your desktop and run the installer as an administrator (right click -> run as admin). This folder contains both the installer and the license info.
  5. The next page should show info about OSU's volume license - click "Accept".
  6. Click next and accept the license agreement.
  7. Select typical or custom install - most users will be fine with selecting typical.
  8. Select the destination folder (usually fine to leave this at the default path).
  9. Click next and EndNote will start installing.
  10. Download any available updates when prompted when opening EndNote.


  1. Open Finder and select "Go -> Connect to Server".
  2. Enter "smb://software.oregonstate.edu/software" and click "Connect".
  3. If prompted for a login, enter "ONID\[Your ONID Username]" for the username and your ONID password for the password.
  4. Find the EndNote folder and find the desired version of EndNote for Mac (X8, X9, or 20).
  5. Copy the selected folder to the desktop. This folder contains both the installer and the license info.
  6. Run the .DMG installer.
  7. Double click to start the install.
  8. Click "Install" on the next window.
  9. When prompted for a product key, find the text file with the keys in the EndNote folder.
  10. Enter your name and Oregon State University on the next screen.
  11. Finish the installer and download any available updates that are available.

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

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