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EndNote Citation Tool: In Text Citations

EndNote is a citation and information management tool. Use it to organize your research, import citations, create bibliographies, and insert citations as you write.

Cite While You Write

 The feature Cite While You Write is an add-in for Microsoft Word. It is available for Windows and Mac and can be downloaded in EndNote Web under Options --> Download Installers.

Cite While You Write allows you to insert citations as you work and then generate a bibliography. Most major citation styles are supported.

  1. Log in to your EndNote Web account and open the document in Word.
  2. When you are ready to cite a source, position the cursor in the text where you would like to put the citation.
  3. Go to the Tools menu, then the EndNote X7 submenu, and then select Insert Citation(s):  A "Find & Insert My References" dialog appears.
  4. In the text box at the top, enter identifying text for EndNote to locate the appropriate reference. This could be an author’s last name, a year, a keyword, or any other combination of terms found in the reference.
  5. Click Find and EndNote compares the identifying text to your EndNote references and then lists the matching reference(s).
  6. Identify and  highlight the appropriate reference(s).
  7. Use the Insert button triangle to display a menu, and select from:
    • Insert: To insert the citation and format it as defined by the currently selected output style
    • Insert & Display as: Author (Year)
    • Insert & Exclude Author
    • Insert & Exclude Year
    • Insert in Bibliography Only
    • NOTE: You can click Insert (not the triangle) to quickly select the default Insert command.
  8. Go back to step 3 to insert the next citation, and continue citing references this way.
    • NOTE: When Instant Formatting is turned on, each time you insert a citation it is formatted and a bibliography is updated at the end of your document. When you are done inserting citations, your document is done. Instant Formatting is turned on by default.