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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 for Word and Google Docs
  • Write-N-Cite (for older versions of Word, 2013 and below) - support for Write-N-Cite ending in 2024
  • 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.

  • RCM is available through the Microsoft Store and can be installed directly from Microsoft Word
  • Available for Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Compatible with Word 2016, 2019 and online (365)
  • Available for Windows 8.1 and 10 and 11
    • Compatible with Word 2016, 2019, 2021 and online (365)



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 - support for WnC ending in 2024

NOTE: Support for Write-N-Cite is ending in 2024. Please consider upgrading to RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM).


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

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