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Reference Management Tools for Academic Writing

A Comprehensive Guide for EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

After you have added some references in your EndNote library, you can start inserting them into your research paper, using the Cite While You Write (CWYW) plug-in for MS Word. Both in-text citations and end of paper bibliographies (or reference lists) will be generated simultaneously. 

Install Cite-While-You-Write

To insert references from EndNote online library, first you need to download the Cite While You Write (CWYW) plug-in for EndNote Web. Steps are as below:

  1. Click on Downloads.
  2. Select the appropriate version.
  3. Choose Standard Installation and then click Next.
  4. Click on Done.
  5. The CWYW is installed. Log in with your EndNote Web credential.

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Insert In-text Citations and Create Bibliographies

To start with, settings have to be done in MS Word:

Click on EndNote tab > Preferences> Application tab > Select EndNote online from Application drop-down list > Enter your EndNote Online Classic login and password> press OK to finish


Follow the steps below to insert in-text citations and generate reference list in Word document:

  1. Go to the EndNote tab in your Word document.
  2. Place the cursor on the point where you would like to insert an in-text citation.
  3. Click on the Insert Citations button.
  4. Find the reference(s) you wish to insert by author, year, title, etc.
  5. Select the reference(s) and click on Insert.
  6. Both in-text citation and end of paper reference list will be generated automatically.
  7. Change the citation style in Word document if needed.

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Please refer to the guides of EndNote (Windows) or EndNote (Mac) for the following functions in CWYW for MS Word:

  • Insert In-text Citations and Create Bibliographies
  • Edit In-text Citations
  • Format Bibliography
  • Convert EndNote Field Codes into Plain Text

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