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EndNote at Rowan University: Using Cite While You Write

Guide to Using EndNote for students, faculty, and staff at Rowan University

New EndNote 21 Web

EndNote 21, the latest version of EndNote, only works with a new version of the online or cloud based version of EndNote called EndNote 21 Web. 

  • Older versions of EndNote, such as EndNote 20, are NOT compatible with EndNote 21 Web and must continue to use the older versions of the web based EndNote Online.
  • This section of the guide only pertains to the old version EndNote Online and will be revised at a later date.   

For help using the online versions of EndNote contact Kevin Block ( at the Rowan-Virtua SOM Health Sciences Library. 

Cite While You Write with EndNote Basic

Using Cite While You Write

1.    Under Format, there is an option to download the Cite While You Write Plugin. This will add a tool bar to your word processor and allow you to insert in-text citations and create bibliographies.

2.    Under Preferences (far right of the EndNote menu), you can select Application to tell the program you are using EndNote Web (which is the same as EndNote Basic in this case).You will then be prompted to login to your account.

4.    At the top of the EndNote Web ribbon, you’ll see a drop-down menu showing the style currently being used. Use this box to select the appropriate Style. NOTE: You will need to set up favorite styles using the Format->Bibliography section of EndNote Web.  Only the styles in your favorites will show up in the EndNote Web toolbar and you have a limit of 25 favorite styles.

5.    Place your cursor where you want to enter your first reference, and click Find Citations in the EndNote Web menu.  A window will open.  Enter keywords and click Search to search through your whole library.  A list of matching references will appear.  Select the one(s) you want to use and click Insert.

6.    EndNote Web will embed the citation in the desired format, and append the bibliographic reference at the end of the paper.  

7.    If you need to edit a citation (e.g. remove the author or year from the in-text citation or remove one citation from a group of several), click on the citation, then click on Edit Citation(s) from the Endnote toolbar.

Need EndNote Help from a Rowan Librarian?


Kevin Block at Rowan-Virtua SOM
856 566-6804

Librarians at CMSRU