Direct ExportIndirect ExportManual EntrySearching within RefWorks
Creating FolderGlobally Editing ReferencesPutting References into FolderSorting ReferencesViewing Your References
This is the "Overview" page of the "RefWorks 2.0 Rescue" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
Search the University Libraries' website

RefWorks 2.0 Rescue   Tags: citing, general_research, refworks, undergraduate  

A web-based bibliography and database manager which allows you to create your own personal database. References can be imported from text files, online databases, websites and other sources.
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Overview Print Page


Need a refresher or want to see how to use RefWorks 2.0?

Support for RefWorks

Technical Support -- The RefWorks-COS Technical Services team is available Monday-Friday, 6 AM Pacific Time until 5 PM Pacific Time.  Just email RefWorks at for assistance.  You can also telephone RefWorks at +1.775.327.4105.


    Other Bibliographic Managers

    RefWorks is compatible with a number of other bibliographic management products. You can easily convert an existing bibliographic management database (such as EndNote) into RefWorks. For details related to importing data from other bibliographic management products, please contact for assistance in converting your records.


    Getting Started


    The first time you login to RefWorks you must register for an individual account.

    1. Select RefWorks from this page Tutorials and Tools.
    2. From the login window, click the Sign up for an Individual Account link.
    3. Complete the New User Information box. You will select your login and password.
    4. Click Register.
    • You will receive an email confirmation including your login and password. You only need to register once.
    • Once your account is set up, you will need to login both to MY LIBRARY ACCOUNT then RefWorks if trying to access the database from off-campus.
      NOTE: A Group Code is not necessary when logging in from off-campus. Just be certain to access RefWorks from the CUA library homepage. For more on a Group Code please see RefWorks at CUA.

    RefWorks Features

    Build your own reference database:  Begin to build your personal database of references and articles by importing citations directly from subscription databases (ex: ProQuest, Ebsco, PubMed, CSA, etc), from the Libraries’ Catalog, from other reference manager programs (ex: EndNote or RefManager), or from website sources via RSS feeds and more.  You can also enter references manually. More directions on importing resources using RefWorks.

    Organize references:  Create folders and let the organizing begin! One resource/article may be stored in one folder or in several folders simultaneously – ex: an article could be saved in folders for two different classes and also in a folder for curriculum committee discussion and review.  More directions on folders.

    Incorporate references directly into Word documents:  Using the RefWorks application called “Write-n-Cite,”  users can incorporate both parenthetical and bibliographical citations directly into documents. More information on using Write-n-Cite.

    Use multiple citation formats for customized output:  RefWorks allows users to arrange “output” for references, choosing from hundreds of citation styles, from the most common to a specific journal style.  For example: 10 resources can be incorporated into a draft of an article using the Journal of Applied Physics style format and then the same 10 resources could be exported into a webpage file according to APA format. More on different output styles.

    Search:  Quick Search and Advanced Search features allow for quick retrieval of resources. More information on using search features.


    RefWorks Q & A

    Can I still keep my reference records after I graduate or leave the university?
    Yes. CUA alumni still can use RefWorks (access via Office of Alumni Relations). To transfer all the reference records in your account, you will need to use backup option to save your references from your old account and then use restore option in your new account to upload those references.


    Can I share my database/folder with colleagues outside our institution? Yes, using RefShare, you can share a folder or your entire database, be sure to add the proxy URL prefix to beginning of the RefShare URL to ensure that your colleagues can access your folder when they are off-campus. Or, if your colleague is not a CUA community member, the best way would be to export your reference data into a format that is compatible with their reference management system (RefWorks-Tagged format, BibTeX, ProCite, Reference Manager, EndNote, or any other program that supports the RIS Format -- as well as XML and Tab Delimited) consulting the directions for Exporting a Database for more information



    [Image: CUA Logo]

    Loading  Loading...