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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

RefWorks currently has two versions, RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks. Accounts in the two versions are not linked. Note that the Legacy RefWorks will be sunsetted sometime in the near future. 
  Contact Research Assistance to learn how to migrate legacy to new RefWorks.opens in a new window

 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 blue button on the to continue on to the newer default 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 this item" on the right side of a citation. Then click the link for "Export to RefWorks" under the subheading for Export Citation.


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. Then under "My Account" > MyMUSE Library, click the link for Site Library Items. Select citation(s) and then click the blue button for "Export to RefWorks"

Project Muse Save - screenshot of whatis on-screen


menu > My Muse Library


My Account screenshot >drop down to My Muse Library-Cite Library Items


Export Citation from Project Muse database: screenshot – export to RefWorks button


For HeinOnline HeinOnline

See this guide to avoid the exporting from Cite link bug.

Save Citations from CLICsearch  CLICsearch

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:


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