All About RefWorks!!

RefWorks is an excellent resource that is free to you through Lewis University, and by following the link on the library homepage, there is a research guide dedicated to teaching you all about this tool. There are so many ways to utilize this site that goes above and beyond the creation of citations. You can easily create bibliographies, share documents, create folders for different research projects, and more. Below is a list of some of the improvements to date:

Find and Capture:

  • RefWorks has the ability to recognize and import files from over 800 different databases and file formats
  • Save-to-RefWorks bookmarklet allows capture of references from web pages from thousands of web properties
  • Auto completion and verification of manual added references

Manage and Access:

  • Easily search full text in documents, folders and subfolders through powerful search capabilities
  • Retrieve references based on tags with the intuitive tag manager
  • Unlimited storage for references and full text

Share & Collaborate:

  • Read, annotate and highlight full-text documents in a collaborative environment
  • Work with PDFs, Office and Open Office documents
  • Share folders or references privately or with members of your institution

Export & Cite:

  • Supports over 4,000 different citation styles with a powerful citation style editor for customization
  • Add on and PlugIns: new RefWorks offers add-ins for both Google Docs and for Microsoft Word. Both allow insertion and formatting of citations, footnotes and bibliographies
  • For Linux and/or Open Office users, the new RefWorks also include the Quick Cite tool which lets users create bibliographies and citations within RefWorks for easy copy/paste into word processing documents

Internationalization: The new RefWorks supports the same languages as the legacy version; French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, traditional and simplified Chinese.

How do you get started with RefWorks, you ask? Easy!
Create an Account

  1. Click on “Create Account” beneath the Next button.
  2. Enter your university email and follow the directions.

Import Citations from Databases to Create your RefWorks Database:

  1. Select save or export (depending on the database) and then select RefWorks.
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be requested to log in. The import will begin automatically.

Create a Bibliography:

  1. Select the desired items or click on the desired folder.
  2. Click on the quotation mark symbol.
  3. Select your output style and save.


As always, don’t hesitate to chat or make an appointment for help with your research assignments. We can help you set up your RefWorks and give any advice about the databases and general research questions that you may have.

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