EndNote is desktop software that will help you manage and organize your references during the research and writing process. Using EndNote, with just a few clicks you can copy bibliographic references from library databases and (a major benefit) add formatted citations to your documents.
Most of the description is this guide is based on EndNote X8 on the PC configured with the tabbed panel at the right, using Chrome as the browser and Word 2013. The greatest differences will likely be with EndNote on the Mac and lesser differences with the internet browser.
The EndNote vendor has a recent notice (July 24, 2019) about EndNote compatibility on Macs that have updated to macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall. The basic details are that EndNote X9 will be required, that earlier versions won't work, and that X9 itself needs to be updated with the updates that the EndNote vendor will provide. See the notice here EndNote for Mac: macOS Catalina Compatibility. When I updated EndNote from X9.2 on the Mac, the updater within EndNote did not seem to recognize there was an update available, so I used the link above and used the link from there to manually update.
The Library in partnership with the CIS and the Office of Graduate Studies has made Endnote available for free through a campus-wide site license. All A&M students, faculty, and staff can order the software from the TAMU Software Store . For personal copies a link to download the software will be sent to your email account approximately one hour after your order is placed. Departmental copies can be ordered through the TAMU Software Center . To place a departmental order, click the Forms menu and then select the IT Self-Service website link. On PC’s be sure to extract the downloaded file before installing. EndNote is also available on the Student Computing Lab computers, including the public computers in the A&M Libraries.
Your copy of the EndNote desktop software should continue to work after graduation and in fact you should be able to get the decimal point updates within the major version (so, for example, being able to update from X8 to X8.1). You will not be able through A&M's site license to freely update to the next major version (for example, from X8 to X9) if you are not presently affiliated with A&M. You can keep your EndNote libraries and any associated full text, though you will need to be sure that you have your own copies of that data.
If you create an EndNote Online account, that account has more limits. The full version of EndNote Online (with no limit to the number of references or file attachments) is authorized for two years from when you set it up to sync from a new major version of EndNote desktop. Another level of access (without the unlimited references and unlimited file attachments) however with the same number of accessible citation styles (3300+) is good for 1 year from the last access from the university internet network. The same 1 year access may be activated when accessing EndNote Online from another university with a Web of Science subscription. There is also a free version of EndNote online with up to 50,000 references, 2GB of file attachments, and 21 available citation styles. If your level of access decreases (say you graduate and the synched level decreases to basic, I was told that you get to keep unlimited references and that any existing file attachments will stay available to you, however, you will not be able to add file attachments beyond a total of 2GB of file attachments). If you do not have a RefWorks account, you might want to consider getting one while you are a student at A&M. RefWorks cannot be used to automatically synchronize references with EndNote desktop (though you could transfer references between EndNote and RefWorks) however A&M's site license gives alumni full access to their student RefWorks accounts.
Some navigation options with EndNote
EndNote on the Mac has some differences with EndNote on the PC. Most of this guide refers to EndNote on the PC, including menu selection.