An EndNote library is your database of references, including any file attachments.
When you create a new library, another folder will automatically be created with the same name, but will be a data folder. You will see a .enl file and a .data file. These need to stay together. Do not delete one of them. If you move one, move the other to the same location.
You can have multiple EndNote libraries. Some people like to keep their projects separated by library. Others prefer to have one library, and organize using Groups.
Note: If you plan to sync your library with Endnote web you will only be able to do this with a single library on your desktop.
For accuracy in your bibliographies it is highly recommended that you download Term Lists (Journal Abbreviations). Repeat the process for each library you create.
Note: if you have imported citations/references into your library before importing the Journal Term Lists you must delete the Term Lists that were automatically created by the import process. To delete Term Lists open your EndNote Library, go to Tools > Open Term Lists > Journals Term List. Highlight the whole list and then click on Delete Term.
To import official Term Lists by subject area.
1. Open an EndNote Library.
2. Click on Tools > Define Term Lists.
3. Click on Lists tab > Journals > Import List.
4. Browse to find the folder named Terms Lists within the EndNote program which usually resides at c:\program files\endnote X7\terms lists\*.* on PC’s.
5. Click on the desired list from the following options and click Open.
6. The list will be imported into your EndNote library. Click on Tools > Open Term Lists > Journals Terms List > Terms to confirm that you have now have at least one abbreviation list in addition to the full journal title.
Note: Check your Output Style to verify whether a journal abbreviation or full journal title is selected. Unless specified, the journal title will format as entered in the EndNote reference
How to Organize Citations using Groups within Your EndNote Library
Organize your citations into categories by creating custom groups (folders). EndNote comes with three permanent groups that cannot be renamed or deleted. These are: All References, Unfiled, and Trash. There are also temporary groups that are created by EndNote as needed such as Copied References, Duplicate References, Imported References, etc.
You can delete or rename groups at any time.
SMART groups: Allows you to create a new group based on specific attributes of citations in your library, eg. all the works of a particular author, citations that have a particular publisher, etc.
CREATE from groups: Allows you to create a new group based on those ciations that overlap within two distinct groups within your library.