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Systematic Reviews: EndNote

Interested in writing a systematic review? This guide is designed to help you navigate the process.


Primary User Base

Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, scholars, clinicians, librarians, federal agencies, and editors. 

Upload and Annotate

Endnote 20 allows you to upload, read, annotate, and search PDFs.  Even more, you can add sticky notes to your PDFs and search for them later. Use the built-in email functionality to quickly share a reference and its file attachments with others.

Word Processor Integration

Cite While You Write, an EndNote plug-in, can be used to insert in-text citations into a document while simultaneously creating a bibliography in the chosen reference style. This plug-in is available for Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Apache OpenOffice, and LibreOffice.

Installation Required?

EndNote offers a free web-based version, but it has limited features and functionality. EndNote 20 requires installation and is available on the Windows, Macintosh, and iPad platforms to current students, faculty and staff.

Collaboration Features

EndNote 20 offers many collaboration features. EndNote users can share their entire library, including references, PDFs, and annotations, with up to 100 other users. Each person can add to, annotate, and use the library at the same time and see who is making changes. Users can also share just a portion of their library while providing either “write” or “read only” access to collaborators.

Price to Students

There is a free web-based version of EndNote, however, BYU students can download EndNote 20 for free. For students not affiliated with BYU, EndNote 20 costs $115.95.  For those who are not students and not affiliated with BYU, the full version of Endnote (20) costs $249.95 for the initial license and $99.95 to upgrade. (

Access After Graduation?

Users retain access to the full version of Endnote as long as they have a computer that will run the software and continue making the payments annually. The web-based version is free to all users.