Using RefWorks: Write-N-Cite

UNC Libraries' subscription to RefWorks will end next August (2017)

Getting started with Write-N-Cite

Download and install the Write-N-Cite program from the Tools menu in your Refworks account.  On the same screen where you download Write-N-Cite, note your Write-N-Cite login code.  It's a long string of letters and numbers.  You will need it to login.

After installing WNC, open Microsoft Word.  On a Mac, the Refworks toolbar will automatically display.  On a PC, look for the RefWorks tab at the top of the window, and click it to display the Refworks toolbar.  

Write n Cite toolbar in Word

Next, click the Log In button.

Enter your login code from above and click Login. At this point WNC will download your Refworks library.  This may take up to ten minutes.

Working with Write-N-Cite

  • To cite a reference, place the cursor where your citation will go in the Word document, switch to the RefWorks tab, and click on "Insert Citation". 
  • To edit the citation (add page numbers, remove years, etc.), double-click on the citation in your paper. This will launch the Citation Editor, where you can make your edits. You can also convert the citation to a footnote from this screen.
  • To insert the Works Cited list, click "Bibliography Options" and then "Insert Bibliography".
  • To change your citation style, pick the one you want from the Style dropdown menu.

Note: You may make changes to your RefWorks database while you have WNC open, but you will have to click the "Sync My Database" button in WNC to have those changes reflected in Word.

For more information, see the RefWorks guide, Working With Write-N-Cite.


Write-N-Cite (WNC) is a program that works with Microsoft Word and RefWorks to format bibliographies. There are versions for both Macs and Windows PCs.

Write-N-Cite for Windows is compatible with:

  • Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.

Write-N-Cite for Mac is compatible with:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 and 2011
  • Mac OS X version 10.5-10.9
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