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RefWorks: Write-N-Cite

RefWorks helps you to collect and organise your references and automatically create bibliographies and reference lists. It comes with a Write-N-Cite add-on to help with your in-text citations.

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Around the World with WNC

The Write-N-Cite Quick Start Guide is now available in Chinese, German, Italian and some other languages.  Get it from RefWorks Worldwide Resources.

Help with RefWorks

What is Write-N-Cite?

Write-N-Cite is an 'add-in' tool for Microsoft Word which enables you to cite references from RefWorks directly into your document as you write it. You can use your chosen referencing style and easily create your bibliography.

How do I access Write-N-Cite?

WNC needs to be downloaded as an add-in to Microsoft Word.

Please refer to the Mini Guide or other instructions for the version of WNC that you wish to use.  This will tell you how to login once you have installed the add-in.

Using WNC on your own device (staff and students)

Logon to the University Portal and access RefWorks.  Click on the Tools menu in RefWorks and select the appropriate version to download. During the installation there may be problems saving a .msi file to your C: drive. If this happens choose to save the .msi file to your Desktop. After installation open Word - before you first login to WNC the RefWorks tab may temporarily be labelled 'Proquest'.

Using WNC on a staff PC in the University

Download WNC4 or WNC3 from Run Advertised Programmes (available on the Start menu of your PC). After installation open Word - before you first login to WNC the RefWorks tab may temporarily be labelled 'Proquest'.

Using WNC on a student PC in the Library or Labs

WNC 4 is available on all student PCs in the University. You need to get a login code from RefWorks - Tools - Write-N-Cite each time you use it.

Write-N-Cite 4 Installation Trouble Shooting

If the RefWorks tab does not appear in Word the most common fix is to download a more recent version of Java.  Similarly you need to update Java on your Mac if the WNC toolbar is missing.  See the Check Computer Updates document below.

On staff computers in the University Java is available from 'Run Advertised Programmes' and is called 'Sun Java'.

The following documents contain hints from the RefWorks Support Team that might help with any problems.

Write-N-Cite 4

Use WNC4 if you use Word 2010, Word 2013 and Word 2016

WNC4 has many enhancements over previous versions of Write-N-Cite, for example:

  • A RefWorks tab appears in MS Word for using WNC..
  • Citations are automatically formatted in your selected style.
  • You can add a bibliography to a document at any time.
  • Your bibliography will automatically update as you add further citations.
  • Footnote style citations are easily inserted.


The Write-N-Cite 4 Mini Guide provides instructions to download and use WNC4.

See also the Write-N-Cite 4 FAQ.

WNC 4.5 Login Instructions

Write-N-Cite Quick Guide

Write-N-Cite Videos

Write-N-Cite for Mac

You can download WNC4 for a Mac from the RefWorks Tools menu if you have:

  •  OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Word 2008 or Word 2011


See the Installing Write-N-Cite for Mac instructions on the RefWorks Help page

There are a number WNC for Mac videos on YouTube which provide helpful introductions, see for example Using Write-N-Cite 4 on the Mac by Harvey Cushing/John Hay Witney Medical Library at Yale University School of Medicine.

Note: If RefWorks or WNC does not appear in Word once you have downloaded it:

  1. Click the View menu
  2. Select Toolbars
  3. Choose Write-N-Cite

You should now see a WNC toolbar. 

Write-N-Cite 3

Use Write-N-Cite 3 if:

  • You use Microsoft Word 2003 or an earlier version, or if you use Word 2013.
  • You use a student PC in the Library or a Lab to write most of your documents


The Write-N-Cite 3 Mini Guide provides instructions to download and use WNC3.