Day 8 – Linking to Word

Once you have built up your RefWorks library, you can link it to Word to allow the automatic insertion of citations and a bibliography.  This is an add-on feature to RefWorks called ‘Write N Cite’ and is completely optional.

In Word, you can see a number of ‘tabs’ across the top of the screen, each containing a menu.

RefWorks offers you the opportunity to add its own tab to this.  On University computers, the RefWorks tab will have been downloaded to Word for you and all you need to do is link it to your account.  To download to your own device:

  • Log in to RefWorks
  • Click on the ‘Tools’ menu and then choose ‘Write N Cite’
  • The ‘Downloads’ menu will offer you links to download, save and run the relevant version of the Write N Cite software for your computer’s operating system
  • Follow the on-screen instructions for installation and the RefWorks tab will appear in Word (NB You may have to restart your computer for this to take effect)

You now have the tab installed in Word. It will be labelled as ‘RefWorks’ or ‘ProQuest’:


Now you need to link Word to your own RefWorks library.  The easiest way to do this is to go back to the ‘Write N Cite’ menu in RefWorks (via the Tools menu, as above) and copy the long code which is supplied:

Now, in Word, go to the RefWorks or ProQuest tab, click ‘Log In’ and paste this code in the relevant box:


You can now use RefWorks to cite and create bibliographies in Word.

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