Using Technology For Good: RefME for Word Helps Students Succeed


An important part of projects undertaken in further and higher education is the referencing of sources and acknowledging the work of others who have gone before. Citations are therefore expected in any works of length, with the dreaded dissertation being the obvious example that should be familiar to all.

However, for many students, activities such as referencing and citing can often become incredibly arduous and time consuming, ending up being just as challenging as writing of the main body of text.

The following post is from Microsoft in Education Partner RefME, announcing the launch of RefME for Word - a tool for students and researchers.


Using Technology For Good: RefME for Word Helps Students Succeed

RefME are on a mission to transform education one citation at a time - with the help of Microsoft. Together, launching RefME for Word we are helping students all over the world improve their writing and research journey.

RefME is available for Word 2016 on Windows, Mac and Word for iPad.

The integration sets an example for future educational tools. Sharing expertise and collaborating on a joint-effort towards improving educational utilities for students is investing in the future, in our opinion. Both Microsoft and RefME offer resources for students that are unique on their own, but together, they’re even more transformative. We’re offering a tool and service that better serves the needs of students and researchers; ultimately: using technology for good.

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The technology integration introduces a unique multi-platform tool that empowers students, researchers and educators to broaden their research sources and generate accurate citations in Microsoft Word as you write. The goal of educational utilities for RefME and Microsoft is to provide additional functionality outside of the ability to create a citation - this means, we’ve worked hard to make the integration easy to use, easy to teach and easy to adopt. Microsoft and RefME believe that educational tools should be accessible and encourage students to do more, learn more and cite more.

The Microsoft Word 2016 citation add-in integrates seamlessly and is available via the Office Store with a RefME Plus subscription.


“RefME wants to improve the way it helps serve the research needs of students globally and enhancing our offering through integration with Microsoft Word is a critical step towards that.” - Tom Hatton, CEO and co-founder, RefME


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The new Microsoft features are also available through RefME’s institute edition called RefME Institute. Developed to support the whole university community, institutions can gain customised referencing styles, library support, single sign-on authentication and access to all the premium features, including Word 2016 for Windows, Mac and Word for iPad.

The new RefME Plus features include:

  • RefME for Word: cite as you write and manage your bibliography from within Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, Mac, or Word for iPad
  • Photo Quotes app feature that uses OCR technology to turn printed text into digital text with a smartphone camera and save it as a quote
  • Folders (coming soon): an organisational feature that enables users to rearrange projects or drag-and-drop them into folders to keep citations organisedSolving the referencing problem through the use of technology and helping students discover tools that improve their development, research skills and knowledge is putting education on the pedestal that it deserves.

“By working with RefME, in support of their Microsoft Word 2016 citation add-in, we are helping millions of students around the world to seamlessly integrate RefME’s citation web service directly into Microsoft Word via the Office Store. And with RefME for Word being developed in JavaScript, the same add-in works in Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, Mac and iOS.” - Liam Kelly, General Manager, Developer Experience, Microsoft UK.


Solving the referencing problem through the use of technology and helping students discover tools that improve their development, research skills and knowledge is putting education on the pedestal that it deserves.

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