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An overview of the citation management software RefWorks.

RefWorks Citation Manager

RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) is an upgraded version of the Word extension Write-N-Cite and opens a small version of RefWorks inside your Microsoft Word Document.

Here are some resources to get started with using RCM from RefWorks.

Save to RefWorks

Save to RefWorks is a browser bookmark that will open a popup RefWorks webpage when you click it on a reference you would like to save. It will prefill in some of  the data, but otherwise must be filled in manually.

To add Save to RefWorks, you can find it under the "Tools" tab in RefWorks, when you click on your account name.

Installing RefWorks Citation Manager

This installation is for Microsoft Word 2016 or newer. If you have an older version of Word, please use Write-N-Cite.

1. Open a new document and click the "Insert" tab, then in the middle of the ribbon, click "Get Add-ins"

2. Search for "RefWorks Citation Manager" and click "Add"

3. Restart the program

4. Go to the new tab at the top labeled "RCM" and click on "RefWorks Citation Manager"

5. Follow the prompts to login to RefWorks from a new window that opens on the right side of the screen within Word.

Using RCM

This information comes from the RefWorks page on RefWorks Citation Manager. For more information, click on the link above labeled "RefWorks Citation Manager"

Managing RefWorks Citations

This section describes the actions you can perform with the RefWorks Citation Manager.


To quickly insert a citation, hover over the citation you want and select button "Cite This."


Otherwise, you can select multiple citations and click on "Insert Citation."


To edit a citation, hover over the citation and click the "edit citation" button. See the first image for reference.

When editing a citation, you can choose to add specific pages to cite, include or exclude the author or date, in addition to adding pre or suffixes.

If you would like to edit an existing citation – single click on the citation and it will pull up the "edit citation" screen. See previous image for reference.