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How do I use RefWorks to format a paper without Write-N-Cite?


If you are working on a paper at a computer that does not have Write-N-Cite installed, and you do not have the ability to install it, you can still use RefWorks to format your paper and bibliograpy by using the RefWorks online interface. The steps below will walk you through this process.

Step by Step: 
  1. Log into your RefWorks account.
  2. Open your word processor and type your text.
  3. In RefWorks, find the reference you would like to cite, and click on its Cite icon:

  4. A box will open with the RefWorks temporary citation placeholder.
  5. Click on the Select button and copy the placeholder (e.g. CTRL+C):

  6. In your document, place your cursor where you want the citation to appear and use the word processor's paste function (e.g. CTRL+V) to insert the citation placeholder into your document.
  7. Repeat these steps as needed. You can use multiple citations at a time. Make sure to clear the Citation Viewer each time you wish to cite a different publication, as RefWorks does not do this automatically.
  8. Save your document as a *.doc, *.odt or *.rtf. When you are completely finished editing your paper, format it and the bibliography using the following steps.
  9. In RefWorks, from the Bibliography menu, select Create Bibliography:

  10. Select your desired Output Style:

  11. Select the format a paper and bibliography option:

  12. Click select a file and browse to your saved document:

  13. You will see this message in the lower right of your screen while RefWorks processes your document:

  14. You will see this message when your file is finished:

    RefWorks will save the edited file (with the prefix "Final-") to your browser's standard download location; make note of this location, and move the file or save it elsewhere as needed. Open the edited file to verify and print it with the bibliography.
  15. If changes are needed, make them to your original document, and repeat steps three to twelve as needed.

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