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RefWorks: RefWorks

Citation management software

Access RefWorks

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You can access your WMU provided RefWorks account here or register for an account if you do not already have one. To try out the new RefWorks interface (which is in beta mode), go here and set up a new RefWorks account. (Current WMU RefWorks accounts are not linked to the new RefWorks system. Contact for help in migrating your references from the old RefWorks interface to the new interface.)


Parts of this guide were used with permission from Nick Okrent at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

New Version of RefWorks

RefWorks is transitioning to a new version.  There are benefits of both New RefWorks and Legacy Refworks, and there are compatibility issues related to how the versions communicate with with Word documents.  Read the information on the RefWorks Transition tab of this guide page before deciding when to migrate, or for those considering RefWorks initially, which version to use.

For advice or help with making the transition to the new version contact the Ask a Librarian service.

FAQs about RefWorks

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based citation management and bibliography tool. It helps you store, organize, and share citations and then easily format them for papers and bibliographies.

Do I need to install software to use RefWorks?

RefWorks is web based and no software is required. You may access RefWorks from any computer that has Internet access. If you would like to use the Write N Cite plug-in with RefWorks to work in coordination with MS Word, you do need to install that software on the computer you are using.

What citation styles does RefWorks use?

RefWorks includes all the most common citation styles such as APA, Chicago, and MLA. It also includes dozens of other styles, including many that are specific to a particular journal title. In addition, you can set up your own custom output styles.

Can I attach a PDF copy of the article to the citation in RefWorks?

Yes. In the Edit view of a citation there is a Browse button for locating a PDF on your hard drive and uploading it as an attachment to the RefWorks server. Each RefWorks account can have up to 100MB in attached files. Additional storage may be available by request. Another option is to use the "Links" field to store any related URLs to link back to the article or information you are citing. 

Tutorials & Support

Instructions for transitioning from Legacy to New RefWorks are available here: