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RefWorks for Macs

RefWorks is cloud based so you can use the RefWorks software regardless of which operating system you use but if you wish to link RefWorks to Word 2016 or Word 365 on a Mac you need to follow different instructions to Windows users. 

Using RefWorks with Word on Macs

If you use Word 2016 on a Mac you need to add the RefWorks Citation Manager to Word to link it to your RefWorks account. This will allow you to add references and a reference list or bibliography to your document.

  • Open a new document and click on Insert. 
  • Click on Store

The Windows store icon in Word

  • Search for RefWorks and click Add.

The add-in screen for RefWorks Citation Manager

  • Log in to your RefWorks account. If it gives you the option choose new RefWorks account.
  • Your references will appear and you can browse through the list or search for a specific reference.
  • Once you've found the one you want to add hover over it and choose Quick cite. This will add the in-text citation to your document along with the full reference for the reference list/bibliography.
  • Choosing Preview and edit will allow you to add page numbers or remove author's surnames if needed.

Adding citations from RefWorks Citation Manager

  • If you want to add more than one citation at once use the checkboxes next to the references to choose the ones you want and then choose Quick cite
  • To change the referencing style click on the '3 line' menu in the add-on, next to where it says All references. You can then choose your new referencing (citation) style.

Drop down menu in RefWorks Citation Manager

You can use RefWorks with a footnote referencing style

Choose Format for footnotes from the '3 line' menu in the add-on (next to where it says All references).  Go to the References tab in Word and click Insert footnote. Add references as you do above. 

If you use Word 2011 or Word 2008 you need to follow these instructions to link RefWorks to Word.

To link your RefWorks account to Word you need to install something called Write-N-Cite. This is already installed on PCs on campus at De Montfort University.

If you are using your own PC or laptop you can download Write-N-Cite from RefWorks.

  • Click on the More icon in the menu at the top of your screen in RefWorks and choose Tools.

The more icon in the menu options in RefWorks

  • Follow the instructions on how to install Write-n-cite.

Screenshots of page for installing Write-n-Cite

  • Once you have installed Write-N-Cite follow the instructions on the Linking RefWorks to Word tab to learn how to use it to add references to a paper.

Videos: Using RefWorks with Word on Macs