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A guide to writing using RefWorks and Microsoft Word in APA style.
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Group Code

You need the University of Delaware Group Code to login to RefWorks using Microsoft Word.

If you do not know the Group Code, go to the Library home page and select Ask a Librarian. Be sure to identify yourself as a UD student, faculty, or staff.


    No Group Code?

    If there is no librarian available, there is another login option that does not require the Group Code:

    In your RefWorks account, select Tools, Write-N-Cite.

    Copy the code in the box on the top right of the download screen,and paste it in the login screen.

    Later, contact Ask a Librarian to get the group code.

    What Do APA In-text Citations Look Like?

    For information about APA rules on in-text citations and references, see the resources on this guide:

    Download Write-N-Cite

    Write-N-Cite is the RefWorks tool the inserts in-text citations and creates bibliographies or reference lists. Write-N-Cite needs to be downloaded to whatever computer you are using to write your paper.

    Open RefWorks

    —From the top menu, select Tools, Write-N-Cite—


    Select Write-N-Cite 4 for either Windows or Mac


    Download /install the application.

    When you next open Microsoft Word, there will be a new tab called RefWorks (Windows) or a new toolbar (Mac).


      Write Your Document

      Open Word. Select the tab called RefWorks for PC or a new blank toolbar for Mac.

      Log In to your RefWorks account from the top menu.


      Login with the Group Code, and your user name, and password.


      Select your citation style from the Style dropdown menu.

      With your cursor at the point where you need to insert an in-text citation, select Insert Citation, then Insert New.


      Select your folder. Highlight the author/article. Click OK.

      Note: Preview Citation will show exactly what will be inserted.


        Create the Reference List

        With your cursor at the top of a blank page, select Bibliography Options, then Insert Bibliography from the top menu.


          Final Step

          If submitting your paper electronically, remove the RefWorks/Write-N-Cite field codes. Be sure to save a copy of your document with the codes so you will be able to edit the paper later.

          Select: Remove Field Codes from the top menu in the RefWorks tab in Microsoft Word.


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