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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.

What if my references are already in Legacy RefWorks (or another citation management tool)?

Legacy RefWorks is being retired by the vendor in 2023. If you are a Legacy RefWorks user, you will need to upgrade to RefWorks, or migrate your Legacy RefWorks library to another citation management tool, by the end of spring semester 2023. You can easily migrate your Legacy RefWorks content to RefWorks using the upgrade button. RefWorks also now makes it possible to upgrade documents created in Microsoft Word with RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) or the older Write-n-Cite tool. See the Migrating from Legacy RefWorks section of this guide for details.

Help with Citation Management

Questions about managing your citations?

Hilary KrausContact Hilary Kraus, the library's citation management specialist.


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