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What is Cite While You Write (CWYW)?

EndNote tab in Word

  • CWYW is a tool that inserts your EndNote references in a Microsoft Word document
  • CWYW automatically creates in-text citations and reference lists
  • Change the format of your in-text citations and reference lists easily with CWYW

How do I get Cite While You Write (CWYW)?

  • Have Microsoft Word on your computer before you install EndNote
  • After installing EndNote Desktop, an EndNote tab should automatically be added to your Microsoft Word toolbar 
    • If you are using EndNote Online, instructions for downloading the CWYW file can be found here

Missing EndNote Toolbar/Tab in Microsoft Word

If the EndNote toolbar tab does not appear in Microsoft Word 2018:

  • Go to (login with EndNote Web username and password you created when you downloaded EndNote Desktop software)
  • Go to Downloads -> Cite While You Write

EndNote webpage with downloads underlined

For Windows with Microsoft 2016:

  • Click “File”, Click “Options

Options outlined in red

  • Click “Add-ins”, click “Go

Add-ins on left hand side outlined in red and the GO button outlined in red

  • Make sure the box beside the EndNote add-in is checked, then click “OK

Checked box beside EndNote Cite while you write outlined in red and the OK button outlined in red

  • Click "View" in the toolbar, click "Toolbars", then click "EndNote"

Toolbars option highlighted and EndNote outlined in red

Insert Reference into Word

1. In Microsoft Word, go to the EndNote tab, then locate the "Style" setting. Select the appropriate output style (JAMA, APA, etc.)

2. Place you cursor in your paper where you wish to insert an in-text citation

3. Then click "Insert Citation" in the Microsoft Word EndNote tab

insert citation button outlined in red

4. Enter a search term in the search box. This can be author's name, word in a title, journal name, etc. Press return or enter on your keyboard.

5. Highlight the citation you wish to insert, then click "Insert"

Example of a citation

6. EndNote should insert the in-text citation in your Word document and add the reference at the appropriate place in your paper

Output Styles in Word

When using CWYW, references will be imported based on the selected output style in Word. If your output style doesn't look as expected:

1. Make sure you have downloaded the most up to date output style from EndNote online

2. Make sure EndNote Desktop is updated

3. Edit the output style 

Formatting Your Reference List

1. In Microsoft Word, go to the EndNote X8 tab.

2. Click on the "Bibliography" button, then click "Configure Bibliography."

3. Click the "Layout" tab, then change the font, size, spacing, and indents as appropriate for your style.

A screenshot of the layout tab in the configure bibliography setting in Microsoft Word.