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Cite while you write

Cite While You Write (also known as CWYW) allows you to access EndNote from within Microsoft Word. You can use it to insert citations into the text and it will automatically build a bibliography from these citations.

EndNote should be installed after you install Microsoft Word to add the EndNote menu to the top ribbon. 

Create an "independent bibliography"

EndNote is designed to insert citations while you are writing your document (Cite While You Write), but sometimes there are good reasons NOT to use it and create an "independent bibliography" at the end of a document instead:

  • The document only has a few references
  • You want to be able to edit the bibliography references like the rest of the text
  • You aren't using Word or your toolbar isn't working
  • You think Cite While You Write is too complicated
  • You just want a formatted ist of your references to share with someone.

Create multiple reference lists in one document

It is possible to display a reference list for each section (or chapter) and then a complete list at the end of the document by editing your referencing style in EndNote and then applying the style to the Word document.

To do this, in EndNote:

  1. Go to the Edit menu and select Output styles > Edit [your selected output style].
  2. In the output style go to Sections on the left menu. Select the third option - 'Create a bibliography for each section and a complete bibliography at the end of the document.'
  3. Save the style with a new name.

In your word document

  1. Go to the Layout tab,
  2. Select Breaks and choose either Next page (each chapter starts on a new page) or Continuous (new chapter starts on same page) under the Section Breaks options.
    • Note: If you have more than one chapter and only want to add a bibliography for one of them then only insert the page break at the end of the section where you want the reference list to display.
  3. In the EndNote menu change the style to the new style you saved in EndNote to reformat your document.

EndNote training videos - Cite While You Write

Videos for Windows
Videos for Macs

EndNote & Word FAQs

EndNote 20 - Insert EndNote References into Word

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2 minutes 48 seconds

EndNote 20 - Edit EndNote In-text Citations in Word

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1 minute 50 seconds

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