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Graduate Research Guide: Citation Management

Services available to University of Winnipeg Graduate Students

Citation Tools

There are many tools available to help you keep track of the articles you read, and may wish to cite in your research. These tools typically enable you to store references so you can easily access them online, at any time and any place. They enable you to reuse your references easily, as well as to export them in different citation styles. Using a citation tool during your graduate studies can help save vast amounts of time and duplicated energy!

The main tools include:

Citation Styles

Which citation style guide you use will depend on the following:

  1. Instructor - check your assignment guidelines or ask your instructor if he/she has a preference/recommendation
  2. Field of Study - certain citation styles are used for certain disciplines.
  3. Writing for Publication - check the guidelines in the publication (journal) to whom you would like to submit your article.

There are paper copies of the latest editions of all citation styles available at the Reference Desk in the Library.

Evaluating and Citing Sources


You can download an Add-on for Microsoft Word that will link your Refworks account, allowing you to easily and efficiently cite your sources. The Add-on is called Write-n-Cite.


You can download the Add-on from inside your Refworks account under Tools -> Write-n-Cite. Download the current version and copy the Login Code. Follow the prompts to install.

Now start Word. You may need to make the Write-n-Cite toolbar visible by selecting it under View -> Toolbars. Login to your account by pasting the Login Code into the appropriate box. It may take a minute to download your user data, but once complete, you should no have access to all the references from your Refworks account.

Inserting Citations and a Bibliogrpahy

As you write your paper, insert citations using the drop down menu in the toolbar, either by selecting one of the commonly cited items or clicking Insert other citation…. Feel free to edit the citation, if necessary.

Once you’re finished your paper, adding the bibliography is as simple as clicking the Insert Bibliography icon in the toolbar. Again, feel free to correct any errors or omissions.

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