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RefWorks uses the phrases "Write-N-Cite" and "ProQuest for Word" interchangably for their Microsoft Word addon that allows you to insert references from your RefWorks library into your manuscript. Sometimes the tab you use to insert references is called "Proquest", other times it may be called "RefWorks".
On this guide we will cover:
Click here to view information about using older versions of Write-N-Cite.
RefWorks recommends uninstalling any previous versions of Write-N-Cite before installing the new version. For instructions on how to uninstall, click here.
For Office 2007 & 2010
For Office 2013
Do not close out of this window just yet. You will need the login code from that screen to sync your Write-N-Cite toolbar to your RefWorks account.
Once you've downloaded the right version of Write-N-Cite for your computer, be sure to close out of all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, etc).
For new users of Write-N-Cite, you will need to install the MS Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime addon for Microsoft Word. You should download and install that package, which is available from Microsoft's website.
You may also need to install Java for Write-N-Cite to work properly. To check whether you already have Java install, go to Java's website and go through their steps. If you do not have an up to date version of Java, you can download it from Java's website.
Once the MS Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime addon is installed, open the Write-N-Cite application that you've downloaded.
You may need to restart Word or possibly even your entire computer for these changes to take effect.
If you encounter any other errors that prevent you from installing Write-N-Cite, use the email form on the left side of our AskALibrarian page to set up a time for us to sit down with you and your computer so we can diagnose your issue. Before doing that, be sure to
Once you've successfully installed Write-N-Cite, it should show up in the Ribbon in Word under RefWorks or ProQuest.
It may take a few minutes to sync your account, especially if your account has a lot of citations in it. But once that is done, you can use all of Write-N-Cite's features to properly format your paper.
Introducing the Write-N-Cite Toolbar in Word
The descriptions of the buttons on the PC version of Write-N-Cite are fairly self-explanatory, but briefly:
When you click on the Insert Citation button, a window will pop up which will allow you to search for citations in your personal RefWorks account. There are a few advanced features that need to be mentioned.
Since the citation window is huge, you may run in to problems if you're using a computer with a smaller screen. If this is an issue for you, you can click in the preview area, click the Tab button on your keyboard 5 times and press Space or Enter. The order of options selected by pressing Tab are as follows: the selected reference, add another citation, remove the citation, override default ordering then OK.
When you are scanning through the citation window, you may notice some citations look a bit funky, like this:
Or perhaps you have inserted a citation, but it looks weird in your bibliography, like this:
In either case, the citation is poorly formatted in your personal library. In the Eisner example, it's a journal article with a URL in the reference. Since journal articles do not typically require URLs, this reference needs to be edited.
You can manually remove the "Retrieved from" part from the reference, but if you were to close out of the document and open it again, Write-N-Cite will try to reload the reference information from your account and revert back to the improper formatting.
This is why is it important to review the citations that you import as you import them. If something looks wrong in your RefWorks account, it will likewise look off when you later cite it. To remedy this, you need to edit the reference in your library. To follow these steps:
Once you've done this, your troublesome reference will magically transform!
There is a known issue with Write-N-Cite when you switch from a superscript citation style, like AMA, to a non-superscript citation style. When this occurs, it will look something similar to this:
There are three other ways to create bibliographies & in text citations from RefWorks:
If Write-N-Cite keeps giving you specific errors, check out HSL's Ask a Librarian Write-N-Cite directory. Here, you can find responses to errors that are most common to Write-N-Cite users. This is a great first place to look to see if you can get a quick and easy fix.
For Windows users and if you're getting an error message saying "without logging into RefWorks Write-N-Cite functions are disabled" , you can try deleting the Write-N-Cite log files in the Write-N-Cite or Proquest directory located in C:\Users\<Your User Name>\AppData\Local . They'll be named some variation on wnc.log.0 or pq.log.0. For Mac users, it'll be located in ~/Library/Application Support/RefWorks
Windows 7 and 8
On newer Macs (10.7+), it may be necessary to show the Library directory because it is hidden in the Finder. Launch Terminal from Spotlight or Launchpad > Utilities, and enter the following command to show the directory: chflags nohidden ~/Library/
Or, you may select Command+Shift+G from the Mac desktop (or Finder > Go > Go to Folder) and type in ~/Library to temporarily access the Library directory in the Finder.