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EndNote Online: Working with Word

Using Cite While you Write

The videos on this page help to you use Endnote with Microsoft Word using the Cite While You Write plugin. Your version of Word may look slightly different from the one used here: follow these videos in order, so you can

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Know how to insert a citation into your writing
  3. Edit your citations so you can add multiple citations, cite using only a year or author's name, or add a page number.
  4. Edit the reference list which the Cite While You Write plugin builds automatically as you insert citations.

Setting your CWYW to BU Harvard

If you set up your reference list as it shows you in  the 'make a reference list video', you should have already set BU Harvard as one of your favourites.

You can then easily select BU Harvard in the Endnote tab in Word where it says - 'style' - if you don't see it, choose 'select another style' and look for Harvard Bourne U.

You can download the Cite While Your Write plugin to your own device easily:

  • In Endnote Web, to to Downloads in the ribbon and select the first option Download Windows (or Download Macintosh if you are on a Mac). 
  • Download the plugin and you should see an Endnote tab in the ribbon of your Word.


To adjust your citations you need to use the Edit & Manage Citations button:

  • To only have an author or a year in your citation, go to Formatting, and select Exclude Author or Exclude Year as appropriate.
  • If you are quoting direct text, add the page number in the Pages box. 
  • If you are doing a secondary citation such as (Marx 1880 as cited by Smith 2020), then add the text which you want to include before the author and date of the source you've used into the Suffix box. 

Using the Endnote tab on the ribbon, you can insert citations and build your reference list:

  • Use the Insert Citation option and enter a keyword from the source you want to reference, or the author's surname. 
  • Press Find, and double click the reference to insert the citation into your document.
  • You can create multiple citations by clicking on a citation so it turns grey, then elect Add Citation

You can adjust the display of your reference list:

  • Select Edit & Manage Citations and select Tools.
  • Choose Select Configure Bibliography.
  • In the Layout tab you can type a new title for your reference list, change the font, and create spaces between each reference.