Prior to adding any content, you will need to create a blank library. This library will be the workspace where you can add, organize, and modify references. To create a library:
Tip: Most people just use one library and create Groups for different projects, papers, topics, etc. instead of creating multiple libraries for different projects.
To add a reference from a PDF that you've already downloaded:
To add reference from a folder of PDFs that you've already downloaded:
As you browse databases and journals, most have the option to save references to a citation manager. The option may look different across platforms and be located in different places. Look for menus that offer options to Save, Cite, Download or Export references. Many will list EndNote explicitly, but if they don't, RIS files are a generic filetype for references that will work with EndNote. The screenshots below are from the database ProQuest.
Citations can be added in EndNote by hand. To do this:
EndNote connects with a variety of word processing tools in order to make generating citations and reference lists seamless. For example, when you download EndNote, it will automatically install an Office Plug-in that adds an EndNote ribbon to your toolbar.
From this tool bar, click Insert Citations to insert a reference wherever your cursor is (note: EndNote must be open in the background). The first time you do this, a list of works cited will be automatically added to the end of your document.
If you decide at a later time, that you would like to change citation styles (ie. MLA to APA), use the Style button to do so automatically. This will reformat your in-text citations and your bibliography.