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Cite While You Write (CWYW) Plug-In for Word

The Cite While You Write (CWYW) tool allows you to insert references, and format citations and bibliographies (reference lists) automatically while you write your papers in Word. You will need to install the Cite While You Write Plug-In. To do this:

  1. In EndNote Online click the Format tab and Cite While You Write Plug-In
  2. Click on the Installation Instructions link, select either the Windows or Mac option and follow the provided instructions to install the plug-in

Once installed, an EndNote tab will be added to your Word ribbon:

Selecting a reference style

In EndNote Online:Bibliography tab in EndNote Online

  1. Select the Format tab and Bibliography
  2. Next to the Bibliographic style drop down menu, click on Select Favorites
  3. Select the styles you wish to use and click Copy to Favorites
  4. These will then appear in the Bibliographic style drop down menu


In Word:

  • Click the arrow next to the ​Style box in the CWYW toolbar
  • Select your required style from the drop down menu (this will display the styles you have added to Favorites)




NoteA limited selection of the available referencing styles are listed in EndNote Online. Please contact Curtin Library if you would like additional styles added.

Inserting citations

EndNote Find & Insert My References box

To insert a citation into your Word document:

  1. Ensure you are logged in to your EndNote Online account
  2. Place the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the citation
  3. Click the Insert citation(s) button in the CWYW toolbar
  4. In the search field enter identifying text from the reference (e.g. title, author surname) and click Find
  5. Select the reference you wish to use then click Insert
  6. The citation will then appear in text and the full reference will appear at the end of the document (reference list)

Editing citations

Changes to in-text citations should be made using the Edit citations function in the EndNote toolbar. If you need to alter reference list entries, make the necessary edits in your EndNote Online library then select Update Citations and Bibliography in Word to apply the changes.

To edit in-text citations:Edit and manage citations dialogue box

  1. Select the citation you wish to edit (citation will be highlighted in grey)
  2. Click the Edit Citation(s) (PC) or Edit & Manage Citation(s) (Mac) in the CWYW toolbar
  3. In the Edit Citation panel you can exclude the author or year from the citation or add page numbers (if required for your style)

To remove a citation from your document:

  1. Click the Edit Citation(s) (PC) or Edit & Manage Citation(s) (Mac) in the CWYW toolbar
  2. In the Citation panel, click Edit Reference and select Remove Citation from the drop down menu

Converting to plain text

It is recommended that you convert your finalised document to plain text before submitting for assessment or publication. Converting to plain text creates a second copy of the document which isn't linked to your EndNote Library. This also allows you to make manual changes to your references.

To convert to plain text:

  1. In the CWYW toolbar click Convert Citations and Bibliography (PC) or Tools (Mac) and select Convert to Plain Text