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Library & Research Help

Cite While You Write

EndNote's Cite While You Write tool is available to all users, regardless of account type. Formally, it only supports integration with Microsoft Word (available to Lesley students through IT), but there is a workaround for use with Google Docs. To download the Cite While You Write plugin, navigate to Downloads and select the version for your operating system. From there, follow the prompts from the EndNote Plugins Installer.



  1. The first time you open Microsoft Word after downloading Cite While You Write, navigate to the EndNote tab in your toolbar. You should be prompted to log in with your EndNote username and password.
  2. To insert an in-text citation, place your cursor in the part of the sentence where you want to place your citation. Ensure that you have selected the EndNote tab in your toolbar, then select Insert citation.
  3. Search for the citation you want; you can use an author's name, a key word from the title, or the name of the journal. If more than one reference comes up, select the one you want and hit Insert.
  4. This will insert a parenthetical in-text citation and a complete citation at the end of your paper. Remember, your citations are only as good as the data you put in, so double check these!



  • If you've already referenced the author's name and only want the year, select the dropdown button next to Insert and select Insert & Exclude Author.
  • To edit the title and layout of your bibliography, from the EndNote tab, go to Edit Citations and then Tools. From the dropdown arrow next to Tools, select Configure Bibliography.
  • Cite While You Write is best suited for citing throughout the course of writing a paper, as the name implies. To generate a simple bibliography, we recommend using EndNote Basic's Format tab instead. Add your references to a group, then go to Format and Bibliography. Select the group of references you want to format, your bibliographic style, and your output format. From there, you can choose if you want to Save your references, E-mail them, or Preview & Print.

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