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RWS 3355: Workplace Writing: Write-N-Cite


Write -N-Cite is a RefWorks utility that allows users to cite sources from within a Microsoft Word document. It will automatically format both the in-text citations and reference list/bibliography.

RefWorks Write-N-Cite 4: Installing & Logging In

RefWorks Write-N-Cite 4 - The Basics: Inserting Citations & Creating Bibliographies

Installing Write-N-Cite

Installing Write-N-Cite

  1. Login to RefWorks through the Library Databases portal
  2. Go to Tools and click on Write-N-Cite
  3. Follow the Install Information and download the Write-N-Cite version appropriate to your software.
  4. Save it to your Desktop
  5. Copy Login Code
  6.  Run Write-N-Cite installer
  7. Open Microsoft Office and click on the RefWorks tab
  8. Click on Log in and paste the login code you copied earlier.


Note:The first time you log in to Write-N-Cite, it will automatically “sync” with your RefWorks account.  This may take a few seconds. It is downloading your references, folders and preferred output styles.  Any time you make changes to your RefWorks references you can click Sync my Database in the Extras area and your new and edited references will be included in your account.   

During this period, you can still access all of Word’s functionality, but the Write-N-Cite functions will not become active until syncing has finished.


Inserting Citations in your Papers

Inserting Citations in Paper

  1. In Microsoft Office click on the RefWorks tab
  2. Click the Style drop menu and choose appropriate citation style (MLA, APA, etc.)
  3. Start writing your paper when you need to add a citation click on Insert Citation then on Insert New
  4. The Insert/ Edit Citation box will be open form whcih you can access your references by folder or search references using the search box. Select the appropriate citation you want to add and click OK.
    To add more than one citation at the same time click on the + button in the Compose Citation area and the         select the appropriate citations from your references list.

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