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Guidance on using EndNote software at the University of Adelaide

Using EndNote CWYW with Word

When EndNote is downloaded on to your computer or laptop, it automatically installs a plug-in for Microsoft Word. This will display as a menu option in the Word ribbon:

Screenshot showing EndNote 20 menu option in the Word ribbon

The feature is called "Cite While You Write" (CWYW) and it allows you to insert formatted in-text citations from your EndNote library directly into any Word document you create, using the referencing style of your choice, and it will also automatically create a bibliography at the end of your document.

There are a few important points to remember when you are using the Cite While You Write function in Word:

  • When you are beginning a new piece of work, always start with a fresh Word document; do not attempt to re-use an old document as it may contain coding that cold interfere with the CWYW function;
  • Also ensure that the document is saved on your computer hard drive, and not in a cloud-based storage site, such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive;
  • Only use one EndNote library for the references in your document;
  • Do not attempt to edit or delete citations or bibliography references you have added using CWYW in the document using the [Delete] or [Backspace] keys.

CWYW can be a very useful and efficient way of adding and managing citations and bibliographies in your Word documents, if it is used correctly. The following pages provide instructional material on the various features of CWYW and how to use them effectively.