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What is RefWorks Citation Manager?

RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) is a plugin for Microsoft Word that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside Word.  RCM is a newer, more modern version of Write-N-Cite. It features:

  • Read-only access to your RefWorks account, enabling you to view and insert your previously collated references into your document, formatted using previously defined citation styles.
  • You can add inline citations. Adding a citation also adds a bibliography to the end of the document. As you add or remove references, the plugin automatically updates the bibliography.
  • Every time you log into RCM, it automatically synchronizes with your RefWorks account.


NOTE: Windows users of Microsoft Office 2016 users can choose whether to use Write-N-Cite or RCM. Mac users of Microsoft Office 2016 must use RCM. 

How to Install RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM)


  1. Open Microsoft Word 2016.
  2. Click on the Insert tab (next to Home), then select Get Add-Ins.

  3. An Office Add-ins pop-up window will appear. Search for "RefWorks."

  4. When you see the search result for RefWorks Citation Manager, click the blue Add button on the right.

  5. Log in to your RefWorks account to access your citations.


Using RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM)

How To Insert a Citation Using RCM
1. Open Word and click on insert. Then located My Add-ins and click on RefWorks Citation Manager.


2. Sign into your RefWorks account. 


3. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the citation in your document. Then select the reference and click on Quick Cite.
    **Note: If you would like to edit reference before inserting, select reference and click on preview and edit. **