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Academic Writing with EndNote

A LibGuide to accompany the online workshop for NTU staff and students

What is Cite While You Write (CWYW)?

CWYW is a feature in EndNote that allows you to insert in-text citations at specific locations in your MS Word document.

CWYW automatically generates a bibliography based on the in-text citations.

You can access CWYW from the EndNote tab in MS Word. 

The EndNote tab should appear automatically in MS Word after installing EndNote.

Use the features in the Citations section to insert or edit in-text citations.

Use the features in the Bibliography section to change citation style or modify the layout of your bibliography.

Add in-text citations

Cite While You Write (CWYW) is a feature in EndNote that can make citing easy using MS Word. Please ensure that you have an EndNote X9 tab in MS Word. 

To add in-text citation:

  1. In Word, click “Go to EndNote” tab (EndNote program will auto launch)
  2. Select the reference for in-text citation
  3. Select Insert Selected Citation (in Word) 


Edit citations

Using MS Word, here are the steps to edit your citations.

  1. Place the cursor at the citation to edit
  2. Click Edit & Manage Citation(s) as show below 
  3. From the pop-up window choose the drop-down menu to:
  • Remove/Insert citation
  • Remove author’s name or year of publication for author-date citations
  • Add prefix/suffix and page numbers


Convert to plain text

Before you upload your academic paper to ‘Turnitin’ / ‘iThenticate’ or share with others, please ensure that you use the ‘Convert to Plain Text’ feature to remove EndNote field codes.

To do convert to plain text:

  1. Open the Word document
  2. Click on the EndNote tab at the top followed by clicking on the ‘Convert Citations and Bibliography’
  3. Select ‘Convert to Plain Text’
  4. EndNote will create a second copy of the document with all EndNote field coding removed.