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RefWorks Citation Manager: Get Started

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Access your free RefWorks account with University of Dallas, Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library

New to RefWorks? Go to the login page  (on campus) and click "Sign up for a New Account."


Go to the login page  (off campus) and click "Sign up for a New Account."

About RefWorks

RefWorks can be used to:

  • Create a searchable database of reference citations
  • Create folders to organize your references
  • Automatically insert references into papers, manuscripts or other documents
  • Format references and bibliographies in a variety of styles
  • Organize and share your references

How do I get started with RefWorks?

The blue tabs at the top of the page will guide you through setting up your account, importing references, using RefWorks for papers, and troubleshooting errors.  If at any time you need additional help, don't hesistate to Ask a Librarian.

In addition to the Getting Started tips found in this guide, you can also refer to online help provided by RefWorks:

Using a Mac?  Be sure to read our Mac Users' page before you start to avoid potential problems.

    How do I set up my alumni RefWorks account?

    Setting Up an Alumni Account

    If you already have a Refworks account: Under the Tools menu pick "Update User Information". Change your Type of User to "alumni", then click Update.

    Whether you already have a Refworks account or not, contact us via chat and provide your name, your Refworks account name (if any), the year you graduated, and the degree you earned. We will verify your alumni status and reply to you with the group code and (if necessary) how to set up an account .

    CC License

    Creative Commons License

    This guide was created by Kate McGraw and modified with her permission by the University of Dallas Librarians under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

    You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.

    RefWorks News

    RefWorks released a new version of Write-N-Cite in August 2013.  The new version (Write-N-Cite 4.2) has fixed many of the bugs associated with Write-N-Cite 4, including:

    • Added compatibility with Word 2013
    • Fixed superscript citation problems
    • Fixed spacing issues in text

    For more information about using Write-N-Cite 4.2, click on the Write-N-Cite tab at the top of this guide, or click here.