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RefWorks (Classic): Working with Write N Cite 2.5 (MAC)

Using Write-N-Cite

NOTE: At this time, WNC 2.5 is NOT compatible with Mac OSX Lion. Working in One Line/Cite View is the current workaround.

Once installed, a Write-N-Cite icon will appear in your Applications folder, which you can then drag and drop on to your Mac toolbar.

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Clicking on this will launch Write-N-Cite. Word needs to be opened separately, either before or after launching Write-N-Cite.

Once you have launched Write-N-Cite a log in screen will open; log in just like you do for RefWorks online. Once logged into to Write-N-Cite, you should see a list of all of your references, which can be sorted, searched, and viewed in this window.  Select "Always on Top" to keep this window floating over your document.

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Selecting "Cite" will insert a reference into the document. Don't worry that it looks a bit funny this is how Write-N-Cite reads citations, and it will automatically be formatted when you create your bibliography. To add extra information, such as a page number, click "Edit Citation" at the top right.

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Select an output style and fill in any necessary fields.

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When you're done writing your paper, select "Bibliography" from the menu, and use the drop-down menu to choose an output style. (Mac users must first save their document before they are able to create a bibliography.) Please note that you must save your document as a .doc file, and not the standard.docx document format that Mac uses.


If the style is not there, scroll to the bottom and select "Access Output Style Manager..." to view all of the output styles that RefWorks offers.

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A new document will be created with the word "Final" in front of its name. It will automatically be formatted to conform to the selected output style, with the bibliography at the end. Save the unformatted version in case you need to make more changes!

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Write N Cite is pretty great but it's not magic. Always look over your bibliography to make sure all information has transfered properly. For instance, in this example all article titles are converted to lower case but "Britain" should still be capitalized.

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