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Using EndNote 21: EN 21 Library Safety & Storage

Instructions for setting up libraries, CWYW and sharing libraries using EndNote 21 by Clarivate.

Safety & Storage

Important notice for EndNote desktop users

  • EndNote libraries consist of two parts: the enl file and the Data folder. You must keep these two components together at all times; both are essential for the library to work correctly
  • Keep EndNote libraries on your computer's local hard drive. Storing and editing libraries on a network drive can lead to corruption and performance issues
  • You should never store active EndNote libraries inside cloud-syncing folders such as Dropbox, OneDrive or network drives, etc. Syncing folders such as these will significantly increase your chances of corrupting your library
  • Compressed libraries can be safely stored in cloud storage services

Copied from: Clarivate Analytics. EndNote: for administrators. 2023. Updated October 30, 2022. Accessed January 25, 2023.

Backup your EndNote Library

Make regular backup copies of your EN library. Create a compressed library that contains both the .enl file and its associated data folder 

  • Open EN 21 
  • From File menu, select Compressed Library (.enlx) to display a Compressed Library dialog
  • Use radio buttons to determine options
  • Select Next to display file dialog. Save to a location that is different to where the library is currently stored
  • File can be saved to your local PC. Recommend creating a folder called EndNote Backups
  • If you are archiving the backup, you can save to a network or cloud drive
  • Delete previous backups once you have made a new backup

Compress EndNote Library

In action: EndNote 20 Compress Library (1 min.)

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