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Last Updated: May 9, 2017 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a citation management system that allows you to save, store, and manage bibliographic citations, and also to generate bibliographies in over 300 different citation styles. RefWorks is available free to Le Moyne students and faculty through the Library subscription.

Most of the Library's research databases allow direct export of records into RefWorks. It is also possible to link directly to the full text of any articles in your own RefWorks account if they are available online through the Library.

Help Guides

  • RefWorks Quickstart Guide
    Overview instruction guide from RefWorks that provides a thorough overview of most of the various functions. Guide is available in a number of languages.
  • Online RefWorks Help
    RefWork's Online Help system has a wealth of information that you can search or navigate through from the table of contents.
  • RefWorks LibGuide
    An alternate version of RefWorks support pages. Most of the detailed answers still are supplied by the Help interface, but the organization is simpler.
  • Importing from Online Databases
    RefWorks can directly export references from hundreds of research databases from a variety of providers. Check here for instructions for a specific resource.
  • Importing References from Health Sciences Databases
    This guide provides detailed instructions and video examples for exporting references from a number of Health Sciences databases to RefWorks to support the Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy programs.
  • RefWorks FAQ
    Answers to the commonly asked questions about getting started using RefWorks and Write-N-Cite.

RefWorks Help

Please contact Tom Keays at or 445-4322 if you are interested in an instruction session for your class or seminar. Tom is also available by appointment for individual consultation.


Citation Styles

RefWorks and Write-N-Cite support a large number of citation styles beyond APA, Chicago, MLA, and CSE, including styles specific to a variety of journals and organizations.

For more information about using citation styles correctly, check out the style guides available online and in print from from the Library.


Video Tutorial: Learn RefWorks in 20 Minutes

The RefWorks YouTube channel offers several series of training videos:

  • Learn RefWorks in 20 Minutes – gets you started with creating an account and logging in, adding references using direct export, organizing references in folders, creating a bibliography, and using Write-N-Cite.

  • RefWorks Fundamentals – various ways to import citations into RefWorks, managing references in folders, and the One Line/Cite View method.

  • RefWorks Advanced – advanced methods to add references including RefGrab-It and importing using RSS feeds, search features, using MyList in RefWorks, and backing up and restoring your account.

  • Sharing References – how to share references with others including working with shared references.

  • RefWorks Output Style Editor – learn how to customize existing bibliographic output styles or create your own using the Output Style Editor.

Extending RefWorks

RefWorks has helper tools for using citations in papers, citing web pages, and sharing your citation lists.

  • Download Write-N-Cite  
    Write-N-Cite is a utility that allows users to add and properly format references from your RefWorks database into your Word document while you write. There are versions of Write-N-Cite available for both Windows and Macintosh.
  • Share Your Citations With RefShare
    RefShare allows you to share a read-only copy of your entire RefWorks database or specific folders with other researchers, on- or off-campus.
  • RefGrab-It  
    RefGrab-It is an optional feature for capturing bibliographic information from web pages. Download as a browser bookmarklet or as a plug-ins for Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • RefMobile  
    Review references stored in your RefWorks database in a mobile phone version of the website.
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