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Citation Management with RefWorks

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a citation management tool that allows you to...Logo for RefWorks

  • save and organize references for all types of sources
  • collect digital copies of sources, such as PDF files
  • share reference libraries collaboratively with other users
  • create bibliographies in a wide range of citation formats
  • cite sources automatically in Microsoft Word and Google Docs

How can I access my existing RefWorks account or create a new account?

Should I use it?

Organizing and citing sources can be challenging. RefWorks can help! Like any tool, it has a learning curve, but it's fairly intuitive to use. There is plenty of online documentation, and librarians can assist you with it, so it may be a good choice for you.

Will RefWorks make all my citations accurate?

Accurate citations depend upon accurate data. RefWorks, like any other citation manager, will produce citations based on the data it has. If there are errors or omissions in that data, the citations will be incomplete or inaccurate. Any time you see a mistake in a reference when importing or while writing, be sure to fix the original reference in RefWorks to ensure it will be correct next time you use it.

Is RefWorks Right for You?

This brief video may help you decide whether to use RefWorks as your citation management tool.

Still not sure? See a comparison chart, other informational handouts, and a video about Zotero: