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EndNote: Citation Management

How to install and get started using the various EndNote versions

Use Cite While You Write to add References in Word

To download the Cite While You Write tool for Word you must first create an EndNote Online Account.  Go to the EndNote Online (Cloud) tab for instructions on creating an online account.  After you have created an EndNote Online account go to Downloads on the navigation toolbar and follow the download instructions for Cite While You Write (CWYW). 


Once you are ready to insert citations into your Word document place your cursor in the body of text, where the citation should be inserted. You have two options: Insert Citation or Go to EndNote:

Option 1: Insert Citation

cite while you write plugin tab in word

  1. Select Insert Citation
  2. In the pop-up window, enter search term(s) to locate citation(s)
  3. Select Find (or Enter key on keyboard). This will search all of the fields of every citation in your EndNote Library
  4. Select the reference that you wish to cite (If you wish to use multiple citations from a search hold Shift while select references)
  5. Double-click on an individual reference to insert OR use Insert button

Option 2: Go to EndNote 

Cite while you write plugin tab in Word

  1. Select Go to EndNote
  2. Your EndNote Library will pop-up
  3. Highlight the reference(s) you want to insert
  4. Select the Insert Citation button (the closing quotation mark icon on the top)

Editing References

Changing the Reference Style 

You can change the reference style before or after inserting citations. 

  1. Click on the expand arrow in the Bibliography section on the toolbar
  2. Choose the style from the output style dropdown, and click OK
  3. If you’ve already added references to the page they will be automatically updated to the new style