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RefWorks: RefWorks Add-Ins for Microsoft Word

Using RefWorks with Microsoft Word

RefWorks offers two options for Microsoft Word integration.

RefWorks Citation Manager

  • For Word 2016 and newer on Macs and PCs
  • Get it from the Microsoft Word store


  • For Word 2008 and 2011 for Macs and Word 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016 on PCs
  • Download from within RefWorks

Downloading RefWorks Citation Manager or Write-N-Cite installs an Add-in to your Word toolbar.

Download and install RefWorks Citation Manager

To install RefWorks Citation Manager, launch Word, then go to Insert --> Add-ins --> Get Add-ins


Search for RefWorks and select "Add"


When you return to your document, you will see RCM in your toolbar. Select it, click on the RefWorks Citation Manager icon, and sign in to your RefWorks account.


BGSU faculty and staff with newer versions of Microsoft Office may be unable to connect to the Microsoft Word store on BGSU-owned computers because of campuswide settings. If this happens, you can sign out of your BGSU account within Microsoft Word by going to File --> Account --> Sign out. Once you have signed out, you will be able to connect to the store and install RefWorks Citation Manager. Once you insert and save a citation, you will usually be able to stay logged in to RefWorks Citation Manager even after restarting your computer and signing back in to Word with your BGSU username and password.


You can find additional information about RefWorks Citation Manager in the Ex Libris RefWorks Knowledge Center.

Download and install Write-N-Cite

Write-N-Cite is available for:

  • Word 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 on PCs
  • Word 2008 and 2011 for Macs.
  • Write-N-Cite for Word 2016 in Macs is still in development. If you are using Word 2016 on a Mac, you will need to use RefWorks Citation Manager instead of Write-N-Cite. This will be an option when you view the Write-N-Cite download versions within RefWorks.

To install Write-N-Cite, log in to RefWorks and choose "Tools" at the top.

Scroll down to where it says "Cite in Microsoft Word" and follow the instructions for choosing the version you need to download.

If you are using a campus computer, you will probably need to contact ITS to complete the download process. Go to the ITS website and click "Chat Now." They should be able to complete the installation process with you over chat.

Once you have installed Write-N-Cite, open Word. You will see a RefWorks tab in the top toolbar.

RefWorks tab in Microsoft Word

You will be prompted to log in to your RefWorks account. You can log in to EITHER your legacy OR your new RefWorks account, but once you have logged in to a RefWorks account, you have to keep using it until you are finished with that document. You cannot pull references from multiple RefWorks accounts into the same document, even if both accounts are yours (one on the legacy and one on the new system).

When you want to insert a citation, make sure you have set a citation style for the document first. Then click on "Insert Citation" and do a keyword search to find the resource you want to cite. After you are finished writing, you can choose "Bibliography Options" to automatically format the bibliography.

First choose a citation style, then click "insert citation" to find the resource you want to cite. When you are done, click on "Bibliography Options" to insert a formatted bibliography (you will not have to re-select your sources).

You can find additional information about using Write-N-Cite on ProQuest's RefWorks LibGuide.