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What is Write-N-Cite?

Write-N-Cite is a plugin that you can add to your word processor (Microsoft Word or Google Docs) that allows you to pull citations from your RefWorks 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 Write-N-Cite:

1. Once logged in to RefWorks, click the "Tools" icon at the top of the page.

2. Select "Tools".

3. There are various downloads available depending on what version of Microsoft Word you are using, or if you are using Google Docs. Select the appropriate version and follow the instructions to download and install.

If you are installing Write-N-Cite 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.

Microsoft Word Plugin

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.


To begin using the plugin, open your web browser and log in to your RefWorks account. Then click "Sync My Database" in Word.


Choose your citation style. Write-N-Cite 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 Citation". You can select "Insert New" to be taken to your RefWorks project to select a reference, or select a citation previously used in the document.


At the end of the document, click "Bibliography Options", then "Insert Bibliography". Write-N-Cite will format all of the references cited in the document into a bibliography according to the citation style you've selected.

Google Docs Add-on

The RefWorks Add-on allows you to perform all of the same functions in Google Docs as the Write-N-Cite plugin in Word.

Once you've installed the Add-on, open up a blank document in Docs. Click "Add-ons", then select "Manage citations" in the ProQuest RefWorks menu to get started.

The Add-on will open in a sidebar to the right of the screen. You will be prompted to log in to your RefWorks account.


To choose a citation style, click on the gear-shaped icon in the RefWorks sidebar, then select "Change citation style".


When you reach the appropriate point in your document, select the reference you wish to cite in the RefWorks sidebar, then click "Cite this".


The Add-on will automatically generate a bibliography at the end of your document.