Lincoln free software – how to speed up and make referencing easier! Part 2


So, now you’ve got that reference list out of the way, but what about inline references? Lucky for you there’s a piece of software provided by the uni that helps you with this as well (Note: Write-N-Cite also has its own bibliography tool, so once you have references to RefWorks, you can go straight to using this tool instead, however I personally have found it to be less accurate sometimes).

‘Write-N-Cite’ can be accessed on the uni computers, or can be downloaded or accessed through the cloud desktop at home. It works in cohesion with RefWorks, and uses the data you have added there.

  • Presuming you already have a document that you wish to work on, open this in Microsoft word first, and then open Write-N-Cite. You should be met with a login screen with various options. Click on the ‘Login through your institution (Shibboleth users) option, select University of Lincoln, and then login using your normal 8 digit student number and password.
  • This should bring up a list of all your current references in RefWorks. If you wish to only show a certain folder then navigate to view, folder and then the folder you wish to use.
  • Navigate back to your word document, and ensure your cursor is in the place you wish to place a reference.
  • Open Write-N-Cite again, and select ‘Cite’ next to the option you wish to insert. Although it gives no indication, a reference in curly brackets would have been inserted into the word document. Obviously this does not look like the normal inline reference, but we will change this later. Carry on and do this as many times in the document as you need.
  • Make sure your cursor is now inside the curly brackets of the reference you wish to change, and then navigate back to Write-N-Cite before selecting ‘Edit Citation’. This will bring up an options box allowing you to enter a specific page number, as you can see I have done, as well as selecting the output style – if you have set up RefWorks correctly, this should automatically select the University of Lincoln Harvard.
  • Once you have completed all of the in line reference formatting, Write-N-Cite will then convert these properly, and ensure they are all added in a bibliography at the bottom. To do this, select ‘Create Bibliography’ in Write-N-Cite, and ensure the output style is selected as Lincoln Harvard. As you can see, the reference has now been formatted correctly and you should find the bibliography at the bottom of your document.
  • As with RefWorks, I would advise checking this by hand, as I have encountered a couple of times where page numbers have not been inserted for some reason, or other errors have occurred in the Bibliography.

Free Antivirus Software

Another free piece of software that not many students seem to know about is the free Sophos antivirus software provided by the University. To download this simply go to and select ‘Portal’, you will then be required to log in using your student number and password.

Once logged in to Portal, select Virus Protection from the side and it will take you to a page with download links for Sophos for either Windows or Mac. Although this is a slightly older version than the current one, once installed it will update itself to the most current version.