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Citing in MS Word and Google Docs
RefWorks is compatible with several word processors.
- MS Word users should download and install the Write-N-Cite tool.
- Google Docs users should get the ProQuest RefWorks Add-on.
RefWorks Write-N-Cite 4
RefWorks has released a new version of Write-N-Cite. Write-N-Cite 4 is avaialable for Windows and Macs. The Write-N-Cite installer can be downloaded from the Tools menu in RefWorks. Learn more about the new Write-N-Cite.
Keep in mind that the new Write-N-Cite is very different from the older versions. It is a desktop software program, which means your RefWorks library will be downloaded to your computer. If you have a large RefWorks library you might notice delays when opening your Word program. It could take a while for Refworks to synchronize a large library between your computer RefWorks.
Follow these easy steps to download, install, and configure Write-N-Cite 4
- Log on to your RefWorks account.
- Click Tools > Write-N-Cite
- From the Write-N-Cite popup window, copy the Write-N-Cite Login Code. (Looks something like this: 455b734054734257655f546f421422241725011d28322e1e1c30223f091007322).
- From the same window, download Write-N-Cite for Word
- Double click WnC4Install file to install the Write-N-Cite plugin for Word. Make sure all of your Microsoft Office programs are closed when you do this.
- Open Word.
- Click on the RefWorks tab.
- Click Log In.
- Paste the Login Code into the Login Code Box and click Login.
You will not need a RefWorks Group Code.
RefWorks comes with over 1,000 Output Styles. There are three ways to create formatted bibliographies.
- Upload a document to RefWorks in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT format.
- Use RefWorks' Write-N-Cite tool with MS Word for Windows and Macs.
- Use the ProQuest RefWorks Add-on with Google Docs.
Bibliography - upload a Document to Format
As you type your paper, insert references from RefWorks
- Set RefWorks to display the One line/Cite view
- As you type your paper, select the appropriate reference from RefWorks.
- Click Cite
- Select the citation from the Citation Viewer window. Copy it.
- Paste it into your document.
- Repeat the process until you have inserted all of your citations.
- Save the document.
In RefWorks, go to Bibliography
- Select Format Paper and Bibliography.
- Select an Output Style
- Browse to locate your document.
- Make sure your browser is set to allow popups from refworks.com
- RefWorks creates a new copy of your document with formatted in-text citations and a bibliography.
- Keep the original, unformatted document for future editing
Document formats supported:
- Word for Windows 2000 or later
- Word for Mac 98 or later
- OpenOffice.org Writer (.odt)
- Rich Text Format (RTF)
Format bibliographies with different styles. Go to Bibliography > Output Style
10 Tips for Avoiding Accidental Plagiarism
- Keep all of your references in one RefWorks databse. It will be easier to find them when you need them.
- Add references as soon as you come across them. Don't wait until you are starting to write.
- Check for duplicates early & often.
- Make sure your references are up to date. Check to see if epubs or in-process citations have been published.
- Attach PDFs to references already in your Library.
- Annotate PDFs. Many programs (Preview for Macs and Adobe Acrobat Pro) will let you highlight text and add notes.
6.5. Annotate references in you Library, using the Notes, or User-Defined fields.
- File references into Folders. References can belong to more than one Folders. It might be helpful to create a separate Folder for each section of your manuscript.
- Insert citations as you write. Make it easier to see who you are citing by using an Author/Date style or unformatted citatations while you write. Change to department- or journal-specified style when you are finished writing.
- Use your word processor's Comments feature as reminders of passages that must be cited.
- Make sure the references you cite are correct!