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Cite While Your Write (CWYW)

The Cite While You Write (CWYW) function allows you to insert references from your EndNote Library into a Word document while you are writing.

EndNote will build a reference list for you as you insert citations. This list will appear at the end of the document in the correct order per the citation style selected.


  • Cite While You Write should automatically be added during the EndNote Desktop installation
  • If the CWYW feature is not in Word, here are some tips from EndNote Troubleshooting CWYW install

What it Does:

  • Insert citations to create in-text citations.
  • Automatically creates a reference list from the inserted citations.
  • Allows you to change the format of your reference list/bibliography.

What it does NOT do:

  • Teach you how to reference correctly - you need to know your reference style.
  • Fix mistakes in your reference. If you don't make corrections in Endnote, errors will occur within Word when when you insert the references.