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Help With ~ RefWorks: Use RefWorks with Microsoft Word

Writing with RefWorks

RefWorks offers several methods to insert and format citations, footnotes, and bibliographies while writing.

  • RefWorks Citation Manager
  • Write-N-Cite (for older versions of Word, 2013 and below)
  • Google Docs Add-On
  • Quick Cite

RefWorks Citation Manager - updated June 2021

RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) is a plugin for Microsoft Word that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside Word.

  • Available for Mac and Windows 8.1 and 10
  • Compatible with Word 2016, 2019, and Office 365
  • RCM is available through the Microsoft Store and can be installed directly from Microsoft Word



RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) with Word requires an alternate password to log in. In your RefWorks account, click on your name in the top right corner, then select Settings. Scroll down to Alternate Password and click on Set alternate password. Create an alternate password and click Save. You will only need to use this (your Hamilton email address and alternate password) when you use Word and the RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM).

Installing RefWorks Citation Manager (Windows)

Installing Reference Citation Manager (Mac)

  1. In Microsoft Word, select Insert > Add-ins > Get Add-ins
  2. Search for RefWorks. RefWorks Citation Manager will be displayed. Select Add.
  3. Once the Add-in is installed you will see RCM in the top menu bar of Word.
  4. Select the RCM tab and click the RCM button. The RCM pane opens on the right side of the document.
  5. Log into RefWorks.

How to Use RefWorks Citation Manager

Write-N-Cite - updated June 2021

Write-N-Cite is a plugin for older versions of Microsoft Word that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside of Word.

  • Windows 8.1 and 10 - compatible with Word 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Mac OSX 10.6+ - compatible with Word 2008, 2011

How to Download, Install and Use Write-N-Cite

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