RefWorks (Legacy version)

This guide will present RefWorks to help with managing your sources as you research.

Endnotes and Footnotes

Some output styles, such as Chicago, prefer the use of footnotes and endnotes instead of in-text citations and a bibliography.  You can also use RefWorks Write-N-Cite with these styles.

Make sure the output style you select to format your paper is able to handle footnote and endnote formatting.  Generally, you'll see the word Notes in the title of the output style.  This is a good indicator that the style will create footnotes, however there are a few exceptions where it does not specifically indicate in the title that the style will create footnotes. MLA is an example of a style that will create both in-text citations and footnotes within the same output style.

Footnotes are placed at the bottom of the page on which the reference appears.

Endnotes are similar to footnotes but instead of being added to the bottom of each page they are grouped together at the end of the document.

RefWorks does not actually create the endnote or footnote in the document, but is used to insert and format the citations. You create an endnote or footnote using your word processor.

To create an endnote or footnote in Word with Write-N-Cite (Office 2007 or 2010):

  1. At the place in your document that you wish to insert a note, click References and Insert Footnote or Insert Endnote
  2. A note placeholder will appear.
  3. Using the Write-N-Cite Cite link, insert the reference you wish to add.
  4. Write-N-Cite will insert opening and closing curly brackets { } as well as the Ref ID, Author Last Name and Year. 

    {{14578 Babcock, L.E. 1988; }}

    This is called a Temporary Citation Placeholder and it is what RefWorks reads when formatting your paper. 
    Don't worry - this is not what your final citation will look like.
  5. If you want to insert a second citation in the same place, just click the Cite link again. 
  6. Some output styles require a specific page number or range of pages in your notes; to add these:
    • Immediate after you have inserted your temporary citation placeholder, click the Edit Citation link in the upper Write-N-Cite window.
    • Enter the page number or numbers in the Specific Page box.
    • Click Save to Word.
  7. When you have completed your paper and are ready to process the temporary citation placeholders, click Bibliography
  8. Select the correct Output Style and select Create Bibliography.

RefWorks Tutorials

refworks tutorials

View the RefWorks video on using Write-N-Cite.