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RefWorks: RefWorks

A guide to using the RefWorks Citation Manager.

RefWorks What???

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What is RefWorks?

The simple definition is RefWorks is a citation manager. It will compile citations/references you find from multiple places and put them in one place. You can then create bibliographies as needed. It also enables reading, annotating, and collaborating on collections of full text documents in a seamless way. 

Why use a citation/references manager?

Citation managers help researchers:

  • Collect citations from online sources, including electronic databases and websites.
  • Organize references by subject, project, author, or other schemes.
  • Access references from anywhere (with web-based citation managers).
  • Create bibliographies formatted according to APA or other widely used citation styles.
  • Share bibliographies with other researchers.

How RefWorks might help you:

1. Compile References list

2. Offers folders/collections for articles

3. Annotate articles

4. Share folders with others

5. Offers "in-text" formatting within paper


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New Users & Registered Users


  • RefWorks does not require a download
  • RefWorks automatically updates their product online. All you need to do is create an account. 
  • Your RefWorks account is not connected to your University account. 

** PLEASE BE AWARE -- Sometimes IE doesn't work correctly with Refworks so you might need to use Firefox or Chrome. Mac users can use Safari or Chrome.

Steps to Sign-up for the RefWorks

Steps to add the RefWorks to your computer:

Type in
Click Sign-up.
Enter your AHU email.
Create a password.
Go to your AHU Email to click on activation link.

You might have to copy and paste URL in your browser.

Fill out form.
Hit Save/ok.

Basics to know about RefWorks

What you need to know about RefWorks:

1. How to export articles from databases and Google Scholar to your RefWorks account.

2. How to create a References page of your citations in RefWorks.

3. How to insert an “in-text” citation in your paper.

4. How to create a folder to organize articles.