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 RefWorks Guide

This guide is an introduction to the new RefWorks: setting up an account, migrating reference citations from Legacy RefWorks, using RefWorks, and getting plugins for in-text citations in MS Word and Google Docs.

What is RefWorks


ProQuest RefWorks logoSign in to RefWorks

New Users:  Create an Account


RefWorks is an online citation manager that can help you collect, manage and organize sources for research papers and documents.  You can read annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate with friends and colleagues by sharing collections.

RefWorks makes it easy to:

  • import citations from library databases
  • drag and drop PDF copies of articles
  • capture documents and citations from the web
  • create bibliographies or footnotes in a variety of citations styles (APA, MLA, and many more)
  • create in-text citations for MS Word or Google Docs


 Tutorial videos on how to use RefWorks

Export/ Download/ Save from a Library Database

When you are viewing the information and abstract of an article, look for a link titled "Export," "Download," or "Save." Then, choose "RefWorks" in the dropdown menu or pop up box.


Choose your version

When saving from library resources, an intermediary screen will ask which version of RefWorks you would like to use. Click on the default blue button to continue on to the newest RefWorks.

Continue exporting to RefWorks – yes export to the newest version or no export to the legacy version of RefWorks screenshot



From EBSCO Databases  EBSCOhost

Click the link titled "Export" usually on the right side on a desktop view. Then, choose "Direct Export to RefWorks" radio button.


Click "Cite" on the right side of a citation. Then click the link for "Export to RefWorks" under the subheading for Export Citation.


Download Save Cite

Export Citation screenshot: Export to RefWorks


From Project Muse Database Project Muse

Add the citation to MyMUSE Library by clicking "Save" next to a citation.

Project Muse Save - screenshot of whatis on-screen

Click the MENU Button near the upper right.


Slide down below "MyMUSE Account" and click on "MyMUSE Library"


menu > My Muse Library


 Look on the left side of the screen under menu for My Account. Click the link for  "Cite Library Items." My Account screenshot >drop down to My Muse Library-Cite Library Items

Select the item(s) you wish to export, and then click the blue button for "Export to RefWorks."

Export Citations: Export to RefWorks button


Save Citations from   

Look for "Refworks" in the full information view:

Or, select the three dots in your search results list next to a title, to see these options:


Simply click the "REFWORKS" REF WORKSbutton