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Can I use EndNote for iOS to insert in-text citation in MS Word App?

Technically, EndNote for iOS can only insert temporary citation on MS Word. You would need to complete the in-text citation and bibliography by using Cite-While-You-Write (CWYW) in MS Word installed via EndNote desktop or downloaded from EndNote Web.

To start with, please download the official Apps of EndNote for iOS and Microsoft Word in your mobile device:


Then you can insert the citation from EndNote for iOS by the steps below:

In EndNote for iOS

  1. Go to My Library.
  2. Select a reference
  3. Click on the   icon.
  4. Click on Copy temporary citation.

Click to see steps in screenshots

In MS Word Mobile Apps

  1. Paste the copied temporary citation in the designed location.


In MS Word desktop version

  1. Open the Word document.
  2. Click on EndNote tab or EndNote X9 tab.
  3. If you are using CWYW downloaded from EndNote Web, login with your EndNote Web credential;
    If you are using CWYW installed via EndNote Desktop, ensure the reference library in iOS is synchronized with your desktop library.
  4. Click on Update Citations and Bibliography.
  5. Both in-text citation and bibliography will be generated.

Click to see steps in screenshots

For more details, please see the official EndNote for iOS guide here

What should I input for the "OpenURL Path" and the "Authenticate URL" for finding full-text? 

Please refer to information below:

OpenURL Path:

Authenticate URL:

Please remember that Find Full Text function is limited by the University's subscription and other technical issues.

You are also reminded to only download the full-text of the articles you intend to read, in order to avoid triggering the excessive or systematic download which is prohibited and may cause University-wide suspension to affected databases.

I would like to export EndNote references to Excel. What shall I do?

First of all, please download the citation style “Export to Excel (Sample style showing basic format)” from EndNote Output Styles. For detailed steps, please refer to the guide ‘Get More Citation Styles’. 

Then, you can export the references from EndNote library to Excel with following steps:

  1. ChooseBasicExportToExcel” as the citation style in EndNote.
  2. Select references that you would like to copy to Excel.
  3. Click on Edit and then Copy Formatted.
  4. Paste to Excel.

Click to see steps in screenshots

How can I import references from RefWorks to EndNote?

Can I convert my in-text citations added by Cite-N-Write of RefWorks to Cite-While-You-Write of EndNote?

Please refer to the guide of Convert Cite-N-Write to Cite-While-You-Write for details.

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