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How To Use RefWorks  

Login information and instructions for using RefWorks, which is an online citation management system that helps you store and organize articles for later use, share them with others, and create your citations and bibliography.
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Important Announcement

Important Announcement About RefWorks

RefWorks is now transitioning into a product called RefWorks FLOW,which will be available for free to academic users.

What does this mean to me?

Effective June 15, RefWorks will no longer be available. You will need to backup and save your RefWorks account content to your computer and decide if you want to transfer this information to another Citation Management Tool. 

For more details, including how to backup your account, how to transfer your account content and details on recommended citation management tools, please visit: An Important Announcement About RefWorks Blog Post


RefWorks - Register and Log In

First-time Users

If you don't yet have a RefWorks account:

  • Click Log In (opens in a new window)
  • Enter your college login and password
  • On the next screen, click Sign Up For A New Account
  • Fill out the form and click Next
  • Fill out the form and click Create Account

Returning Users

If you already have a RefWorks account:

Technical Support

Trouble with your RefWorks login? email or call 1-775-327-4105.


RefWorks - Group Code

If you are being asked for a Group Code, try these:

RefWorks - Help and Tutorials


How To Use RefWorks

How To Import Citations From Library Databases

For most of our databases, you can select citations (article records) that you want and import them into RefWorks in a few mouse-clicks.

How To Import Web Page Citations Using the RefGrabIt Bookmarklet

  1. log into your RefWorks account
  2. go to Tools and select "RefGrab-It"
  3. under "RefGrab-It bookmarklet," follow the instructions for your operating system and browser. 
  4. For help, contact RefWorks support at 775-327-4105.

How To Insert Citations Into Your Paper

RefWorks integrates with Microsoft Word and some other word processing programs.

  • You will need to download and configure the Write-N-Cite plug-in (instructions below) in order to insert footnotes and a bibliography into your paper.  You only need to do it once. For help, contact RefWorks support at 775-327-4105.
  • Download the Write-N-Cite plug-in while in your RefWorks account. Go to Tool on the menu and select Write-N-Cite.  Choose the appropriate download for your system and word processing program. 
  • For step-by-step help with Write-N-Cite installation and logging in, watch this video tutorial: RefWorks Write-N-Cite 4: Installing & Logging In  
  • Instructions for downloading and configuring the Write-N-Cite plug-in

How To Import Citations from EndNote

How To Save Your RefWorks Information If You Are Leaving The College

  1. Log into your RefWorks account.
  2. Go to Tools and select Export.
  3. Select All References (or a specific folder)
  4. Go to Export Format and select Citation List. This creates a list to use when writing a paper offline. The list includes the RefID, Authors Primary, Title Primary and Publication Year.
  5. Click Export To Text File and then follow the prompts to view the file and save it. 
  6. Go to Export Format again and select Tab Delimited. This saves and organizes all of your data with each field separated by a tab. In this format, it may be loaded into other programs. 
  7. Click Export To Text File again and then follow the prompts to view the file and save it. 

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