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EndNote: Backing Up

EndNote (EN) is a software for managing references. It can automate the many tedious steps involved in organizing and formatting the references and bibliographies in your academic writing. EndNote Web (ENW) is the web version of EN, with fewer features.

Saving a Copy

This method creates an exact back-up of your EndNote Library. This means that 2 things will be created, a xxx Copy.enl file and a xxx Copy.Data Folder. You can then store the .enl file and .Data Folder on a thumb-drive or a portable hard-disk.

Do note that the .enl file and the .Data Folder needs to be located together in order for EndNote to read the library properly.

To Save a Copy

1. Click on File on the top menu bar and select Save a Copy

2. Name the file if you wish, and then click on Save

3. A xxx.enl File and a xxx.Data Folder will be created

4. Save the xxx.enl File and .Data Folder in a thumb-drive or portable hard-disk as a back-up

5. To open the library, just open up the xxx.enl file

Compress Library

This method compresses the xxx.enl File and xxx.Data Folder into a single compressed xxx.enlx File.

You can then save the file in a thumb-drive or portable hard-disk or even email yourself a copy.

To Compress Your EndNote Library

1. Click on File on the top menu bar and select Compressed Library (.enlx)

2. Name your library and a xxx.enlx file will be created

3. You can then save the xxx.enlx file in a thumb-drive, portable hard-disk or email the file yourself

4. To open up the EndNote Library, open up the xxx.enlx file and it will unzip itself and open the library

Saving as a Package - Mac Users Only

For Mac users, you can save a copy of your EndNote Library as a single xxx.enlp EndNote Library Package File, which you can save on a thumb-drive, portable hard-disk or even email yourself.

Do note that only Mac version of EndNote can open xxx.enlp Files. Windows version of EndNote will not be able to open the xxx.enlp Files.

To Save the EndNote Library as a Package

1. Click on File on the top menu bar and select Save a Copy

2. Check the Save as Package option

3. Name your file and a xxx.enlp file will be created. You can save it on your thumb-drive, portable hard-disk or email yourself

4. To open the library, just open the xxx.enlp file and your EndNote Library will be opened

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