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What is replacing Write-n-Cite, the RefWorks plug-in for Word documents?

Write-n-Cite (WNC) is an older version of a tool created by RefWorks for adding references directly into a Word document. RefWorks has since created a newer add-on called RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) which is a new, updated version of Write-n-Cite.

RCM has a cleaner and more easy to navigate user interface. To avoid the confusion of having multiple choices of add-ins on University campus computers we are removing WNC plug-in from 23rd August 2021 and will no longer be supporting the use of WNC.

What does this mean if I am a RefWorks users?

If you have never used WNC for inserting citations into Word, this will not affect you.

If you do use WNC, you will no longer be able to access this plug-in on University computers, or go back to a document previously created using WNC to add more citations.

How do I know if I have been using WNC to add citations?

If you have been using the RefWorks tab to add in-text citations, you have been using WNC.

Can I switch a document from using WNC to RCM?

WNC and RCM are incompatible, you can start a new Word document and add citations with RCM, but you cannot edit citations in WNC if they were created in RCM and vice versa.

I am midway through an assignment using WNC, what should I do?

The plug-in will not disappear until 23rd August 2021, so you can continue to work on it using computers on campus if you are submitting or completing the assignment before this date.

If you WNC have it installed on your own laptop or computer, you can still continue to work on your document using WNC after this date, but you will not be able to work on it from computers on campus. 

If you are near the beginning of the document, you may consider creating a new document and re-inserting citations using RCM.

I need to install WNC on my own device to continue working on my current document, how do I do this?

The Downloading and Installing Write-n-Cite section provided by RefWorks gives guidance on this.

I want to use RCM, is there any guidance on this?

Our RCM library page has more information on installing and using RCM.

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