First - don’t worry!
You can think of your library as a Word document. Your document lives a parallel life to the Office program. You can install or uninstall Office, and nothing will happen with your documents.
Basically, the same applies to your EndNote library. You can uninstall, install or upgrade EndNote and nothing happens to your library.
Your EndNote library is a database that consists of two parts:
- A file (file extension *.enl)
- A folder (named “libraryname”.DATA)
If you do not remove the above parts (your library) when you upgrade, you are fine.
And remember that the library is stored where you once told EndNote to store it (EndNote always asks when you first create the library).
If you don’t know where it is located, you can open the library in EndNote and go to Tools>Library summary… At the top, you will see the location of the library.
We do however always recommend doing a regular backup in any case. You can learn how to do backups in this article Make a backup of your library.
Move the library
We recommend doing a compressed file of your library and move this file to the new location. All you then have to do is open the compressed file like a normal library and EndNote will do the rest. You find instructions on how to do a compressed library in this article Make a backup of your library.
For synced libraries see further below.
The recommended storage location of your library
Alfasoft cannot tell you where to store your library as the set-up of every computer varies. All we can do is explain where you should not store your library, and why.
Basically, do not store your library in a location that is not local on your computer or is in any way synced by third parties. Read more in this article Storage location for Endnote libraries.
If you want to know the technical details why not to store externally or sync with third parties, you can read this article Technical reason to use EndNotes sync functionality and nothing else.
If you have a Mac, it is important to control what Apple has decided to sync for you (iCloud). What location to store your library in on Mac and special things to think about for Mac you can read about in this article EndNote, iCloud, Sync and storage location.
Syncing your library
If you synced your library before the upgrade all you have to do is to open the library afterwards and sync it. Everything should work as normal.
If you have synced your library and want to change the local storage location (or the name) the recommendation is to create a new empty library, with the name you want, and in the location you want, and then sync the new empty library.