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RefWorks (Classic): Working with Write N Cite 4 (MAC)

System Requirements for Write N Cite 4

  • Compatible with OS X 10.5 (Leopard requires Java 6), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Compatible with Word 2008 and Word 2011
  • Ensure you have all available updates for your Mac, including Java
  • Installation requires administrator access
  • See the official RefWorks help files for more information on Installing WNC 4 for Mac

Setting Up Write N Cite 4 (MAC)

While the interface is very different from previous versions of Write-N-Cite, it is arguably much easier to work with. Changes include:

  • Write-N-Cite now sits right in MS Word as a small toolbar
  • Your paper will be formatted as you work, but you can change the citation style at any time in the writing process
  • You can also easily hide or add information to citations as you insert them

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Write-N-Cite 4 can be downloaded from within your RefWorks account by going to the "Tools" menu.

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A lightbox will open. In addition to compatibility information and a download link, you will be given a login code. Copy this to your clipboard:

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Once WNC 4 has been installed, it will automatically appear in your Word toolbar. Select the active icon to login and paste the code into the top box. There is no need to enter a group code, username, or password:

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Using Write N Cite 4 (MAC)

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When you select "Insert" or "Edit" a citation, a window will appear with many more options:

  • View reference by folder, or sorted by author, date, or article title
  • Insert several citations at a time by simply double clicking each reference
  • References that have already been included will be greyed out
  • Search all references from the top right-hand bar

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Write-N-Cite will automatically insert the appropriate fields for your chosen style, but you can override these settings by editing a reference:

  • Hide the year or author if you've already mentioned them in-text
  • Supress the page numbers, or alter them from the original citation
  • Include a citation as a footnote, or keep it out of the text all together but include it in your bibliography
  • Add additional information

NOTE: Fields will be greyed-out when not applicable to your chosen style. As well, all changes will appear right away in the "Preview Citation" window.

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If your chosen style has a rule about which order citations should appear in, they will be placed in that order. If you need to change the order, tick "Override default ordering" at the bottom. You can then use the arrows to re-order your citations.

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Removing Write N Cite 4 (MAC)

Removing Write N Cite 4 from your computer is a three step process:

1. In Microsoft Word, navigate to "View" > "Customized Toolbars and Menus" (in Office 2008) or "Toolbars" > "Customized Toolbars and Menus" (in Office 2011). Uncheck the Write N Cite toolbar, then delete it. Close Word.

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2. Now you will need to delete the bundle file. Navigate to "Applications" > "Microsoft Office 2008/2011" > "Office" > "Startup" > "Word" and drag the bundle file to the trash. Empty your trash.

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3. The final folder you need to remove is found under your user file (the small house icon). Navigate to "Library" > "Application Support" > "Refworks" and drag the full file to the trash. Empty your trash.

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Finding and Deleting the RefWorks Write-N-Cite PLIST on a Mac

Finding and removing this preference file is helpful in cases when Write-N-Cite on the Mac reports an error or does not activate properly. Please make sure Write-N-Cite is not running when you follow these instructions. Once the file is located, simply drag it to the Trash.

1. With the computer on, select the Finder from your program dock

2. Then begin to open items in the following order:
      a. the hard drive illustrated below as “Untitled 1”
      b. then, Users
      c. then the name of the user illustrated below as “RWCOS”

     d. select the Library folder
     e. select the Preferences folder

     f. finally, search the list of preference files for com.refworks.wncm.plist as shown below

     g. drag the file to the Trash