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An overview of RefWorks bibliographic management software with detailed information on specific features, FAQs, and troubleshooting information.
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Jan 2013: Write-N-Cite 4 is now available. We think it's more user friendly than previous versions. You can download it by logging in to your RefWorks account, clicking on tools, and selecting Write-N-Cite. Or see our Write-N-Cite tab in this guide for more detailed instructions.


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.


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
  2. Click "Sign up for an Individual Account."
  3. Complete the form by providing your name, email address and by choosing a login and password. Click "Create Account."

Accessing Your RefWorks Account

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Continue on to RefWorks"
  3. Enter your RefWorks login name and password.

Getting Started


Find Refworks

Refworks can be found on the library web site:

At the Refworks Login page

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

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