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RefWorks Introduction: Microsoft Word Add-In

Word Plug In

RefWorks offers an add-in for Microsoft Word that allows you to drop any citation from your RefWorks account into a Word document, fully-formatted in whatever citation style you choose. It also creates, and automatically updates, a bibliography or works cited page. Using this add-in can help you spend less time on citations and formatting and more time on writing your paper.


1. Open Microsoft word and start a new or open an existing document

2. Click the Insert Tab > Store



3. Once you are in the Add-in store, search for RefWorks.  Then click Add next to the RefWorks Citation Manager Add-in



4. You may encounter an issue where you are unable to access the Add-in store, or see the following Add-in error: If you encounter these issues follow the steps below, otherwise move on to step 5:



a. Click the File tab



b. Click Accounts > Click Sign out under your office account information



c. Once signed out, you should now be able to access the store.

d. If the Add-in was displaying an error, click retry.  You will now see a login window for RefWorks Citation Manager



5. Log-in with your RefWorks account information, then the add-in will be ready for use.



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