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An overview of RefWorks bibliographic management software with detailed information on specific features, FAQs, and troubleshooting information.
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2015 URL: http://uiuc.libguides.com/refworks Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a citation management software program, paid for by the University Library and offered FREE to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois.  RefWorks collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles, web sites, and other sources.


  • Export records from databases to RefWorks seamlessly - takes the tedium out of reference tracking.
  • Access your RefWorks personal citation database from anywhere - on campus, at home, or abroad via the Web.
  • Instantly create bibliographies or insert references directly into MS-Word, using the citation style of your choice, with RefWorks' Write-N-Cite feature.
  • All citations in RefWorks have a U of Illinois "Discover" link, allowing you quick access to the e-version of journal articles, and more. More about Discover
  • Use with your PC or Mac computer.

Link to RefWorks: http://go.library.illinois.edu/refworkslogin

Quick Guide to RefWorks


Using RefWorks

Signing Up

Creating a RefWorks account is quick, easy, and free for University of Illinois students, faculty, and staff. Here's how:

  1. Go to http://go.library.illinois.edu/refworkslogin.
  2. Click "Sign Up for a New Account."
  3. Complete Step 1: provide your email address and choose a login name and password. Click "Next."
  4. Complete Step 2: provide your name, Area of Focus (Business, Humanities, Medicine, etc.), and Type of User (Undergraduate, Graduate, etc.). Click "Create Account."
  5. You will see a "Welcome to RefWorks" window with links to video tutorials and a help file. Close out of that window to get started!

Accessing Your RefWorks Account from On Campus

  1. Go to http://go.library.illinois.edu/refworkslogin.
  2. Enter your RefWorks Login Name and Password.

Accessing Your RefWorks Account from Off Campus

  1. Go to http://go.library.illinois.edu/refworkslogin.
  2. Enter your University of Illinois net ID and password.
  3. Enter your RefWorks Login Name and Password.

Getting Started


Find Refworks

Refworks can be found on the library web site:

On the Main Library home page, under the heading "Databases and Journals," select the "Online Journals and Databases" page, and search for "Refworks."

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