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RefWorks (Software Instruction)

RefWorks online software simplifies the process of research, collaboration, data organization, and writing by providing an easy-to-use tool for citation, bibliography, and reference management. Learn how to build a collection of references.

Write-N-Cite (Citing in Word and Google Docs)

If you use Microsoft Word or Google Docs for writing papers, RefWorks provides a plugin (MS Word) / add-on (Google Docs) that allows you to quickly insert and edit citations, adding them to your bibliography as you go.

Install Write-N-Cite 

1. Click Tools on the horizontal toolbar; Click Tools again










2. Scroll down to "Cite references in your word processor"


3. Select the tab for your word processor

  • Microsoft Word -
    Word 2016 and above. Install RefWorks directly into Microsoft Word via the Word Store.

Google Add-on Installation

  • Google Docs - can also install directly through Google by selecting Add-ons> Get Add-ons


4. Depending on your processor select the "Download & Install" OR "Get the Add-on" button Write-N-Cite and follow the instructions for installation.

MS Word Plug-in and College Lab Computers. 

Currently, STUDENTS will not be able to install the WORD plug-in on lab computers (i.e. the Library Computer Lab). Students will still be able to use the Google Docs add-on however, we recommend that. Students will also be able to install the plug-in on personal laptops and PCs.

Sorry for the inconvenience, we hope to have this issue resolved shortly.

Staff should not have an issue.

Write-N-Cite and Sharing

Shared folders might not be visible in WNC. It seems to work ok in the Google WNC, but not Word WNC. Please copy relevant references into a non-shared folder if you need to access through Word WNC. 

Word 2019 and ONLINE

You will not use Write N Cite, you need to use RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM). RCM is a plugin for Microsoft Word that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside Word. RCM is a newer, more modern version of Write-N-Cite.

Here is the information about the installation


You can install this plugin, but currently, it looks like it is only available on the desktop version - not the web-based version.


Also, do not confuse Word's 'Reference' tab with WNC, Word does have its own in-house reference management. WNC will open in a sidebar panel in Word.