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EndNote: Cite While you Write: Inserting references with CWYW

Inserting citations with CWYW

When it comes to writing up your research, EndNote is really useful in helping you cite references properly in the body of your text, and creating a bibliography for you.

Open Word and you should see an EndNote tab on the ribbon at the top of the screen. The default on lab PCs is EndNote desktop.

EndNote online toolbar in Word

To switch from EndNote 20 (desktop) to EndNote online (above), choose Preferences then Application. Use the pull down menu to switch. In Word enter your email address and password for EndNote online and tick the box to remember your address and password. Select OK.

The Cite while You Write plug-in has already been installed in Library PCs that have the desktop version of EndNote.  To download it for your own PC, choose Format > Cite While You Write Plug-In. You can also find it under Downloads.

Inserting citations with EndNote Desktop

To add a reference, place your cursor where you wish to insert your citation then on the EndNote tab select Go to Endnote. This takes you to your EndNote library. Select the citation then Tools > Cite While You Write (CWYW) -> Insert Selected Citation(s). You can also use ALT 2.

From the EndNote tab in Word, you can also use Insert Citation > Insert Selected Citation to insert the last reference that you have highlighted in EndNote or  Insert Citation > Find Citation. The latter opens up a dialogue box where you can search for a reference by author, title or keyword. Highlight the desired reference and click on Insert.

Inserting a citation in Word

Inserting citations with EndNote Online

From the EndNote tab in Word, choose Insert Citation > Find Citation. This opens up a dialogue box where you can search for a reference by author, title or keyword. Highlight the desired reference and click on Insert.

Insert citation in Word

Using a footnote style

If you have been using a referencing style which uses in-text citations and change to a footnote style (e.g. from Harvard Strathclyde to OSCOLA) you will find that your citations disappear. This is because footnotes cannot be automatically generated by EndNote - they have to be inserted within Word.

You can do this manually one-by-one in Word by clicking on References > Insert Footnote and then going to the EndNote tab and inserting a citation in the normal way.

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