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What is Cite-While-You-Write?

Cite-While-You-Write is a plugin that you can add to your word processor (Microsoft Word or Apple Pages) that allows you to pull citations from your EndNote account into your document and automatically format them according to the citation style of your choice. You can also use it to generate properly formatted bibliographies with the click of a button.

Always double check your citations for accuracy and completeness.

How to download Cite-While-You-Write:

1. Once logged in to EndNote, click the "Downloads" tab at the top of the page.

2. Choose either the Windows or Macintosh version. Download and follow the installation instructions.

If you are installing Cite-While-You-Write on a device managed by MedCenter IT, you may not have the administrator-level login needed to complete the installation. Coordinate with IT to arrange for installation.

Using Cite-While-You-Write

Once you've downloaded and installed the Microsoft Word plugin, it will appear as a tab in the toolbar at the top of the screen in Word. Open your browser and log in to your EndNote account before opening the EndNote tab to sync the plugin with your account.


Choose your citation style. Cite-While-You-Write will automatically format your citations according to the style you select (e.g.: if you choose MLA, it will generate parenthetical citations; selecting AMA will produce superscript numerical citations).


When you reach the appropriate point in your document, click "Insert Citations". Search by title or author name to find the reference you wish to cite, then click "Insert".


Cite-While-You-Write will automatically generate a bibliography at the end of your document, including all of the references cited in the document formatted according to the citation style you've selected.