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RefWorks and Write-N-Cite

RefWorks Will Be Phased Out In Spring 2018

RefWorks Will Be Phased Out In Spring 2018

Due to changes to RefWorks that compromise the usability of its user interface, the Library is cancelling its subscription to RefWorks in the Spring of 2018 and have replaced it with the Mendeley reference manager.

RefWorks Redirect Error

October 25, 2017: RefWorks is currently incompatible with the Library's proxy server.

After you login through the proxy, RefWorks experiences the error "ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS" and informs you that " redirected you too many times." The Library is working with the proxy vendor to solve this problem. (An explanation of the proxy server can be found in the "Off-Campus Access" Library guide.)

  • To avoid this situation, login to RefWorks using this URL – – that does not pass through the Library's proxy server.
  • RefWorks will also experience this redirect error if you are doing a direct export of citations to RefWorks from a Library research database that is proxied. You will need to access the Library research database using an unproxied URL. Some of the databases in the A-Z listing will provide an "on-campus" link which is unproxied. A librarian can help you construct unproxied URLs if one is not provided.

Migrating to Mendeley

Help Guides

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.