Using Write-N-Cite

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This tutorial will show you how to use Write-N-Cite, a RefWorks tool that allows you to add references from your RefWorks account directly to your paper...as you type it!

Use the active webpage on your right to complete the tutorial.

Logging Into RefWorks

In order to access RefWorks, log in on the screen to the right:

If you have never used RefWorks before, click here to access the RefWorks 1: Creating a RefWorks Account tutorial.

Installing Write-N-Cite

Write-N-Cite is a tool you can download to use with references you have imported into RefWorks.

If you have not downloaded and installed Write-N-Cite, click here to access the Installing Write-N-Cite tutorial.

The Write-N-Cite Toolbar

Now that Write-N-Cite is installed, open a new Microsoft Word file on your computer.

Click View at the top of the Microsoft Word page. Scroll down and select Toolbars. Then select Write-N-Cite.

 A small gray toolbar will appear. This is the Write-N-Cite toolbar. You can move it around on your screen so that it will not be in your way.

Note: Look around carefully for the Write-N-Cite toolbar. Sometimes it blends in with the other toolbars in Microsoft Word.

Make sure to click the Sync data icon every time you use Write-N-Cite to make sure you have access to all your most recent references (see below):


Output Style

You can change the Output Style (ie, MLA, APA, etc) of the references you plan to add to your paper by pulling down the dropdown menu on the Write-N-Cite toolbar, next to the Output Style window (see below):

To add new styles to your list, go to the RefWorks window.

Select Output Style Manager from the dropdown that opens when you click Bibliography (see below):

Note: You may need to open RefWorks in a separate window to access its functionality during the tutorial.

This will open the Output Style Manager box. You can easily add output styles to your list of "Favorites," where they will be accessible to you from Write-N-Cite.

Inserting Citations

Now go back to Microsoft Word, and begin typing your paper. When you want to insert an in-text citation, click on the Insert Citation icon on the Write-N-Cite toolbar.

Tip: hovering over icons on the Write-N-Cite toolbar will give you more information about what they are.

Clicking on the Insert Citation icon will bring up the Insert/Edit Citation box (see below).

From here, you can select references by folder (click on the arrow next to the name of the folder) edit references, or compose citations.

Note: references sometimes look different in Write-N-Cite than they will look in your paper. Don't be alarmed.

Creating a Bibliography

When you have added all the in-text citations you need, click on the Insert Bibliography button on the Write-N-Cite toolbar.

Write-N-Cite will add a bibliography to your paper in the format you have specified.


Congratulations! You know how to use Write-N-Cite to add references directly to your paper.

If you experienced difficulties or have questions about this process, please contact the Library.



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