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RefWorks - An Introduction: What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management service that allows users to create personal citation databases, import references from online databases or text files, access your account online from any computer, and automatically format bibliographies.

Guide Contents

What is RefWorks?

  • Help With RefWorks

Creating & Accessing Your Account

  • Get Started
  • Creating Your Account
  • On and Off Campus
  • Alumni

Save Citations

  • Direct Export to RefWorks
  • Databases Without Direct Export to RefWorks

    Exporting References

    Sharing Your RefWorks Database

    • Read-Only Access
    • Using RefWorks for Group Research Projects

    Using RefWorks with Word Documents

    • Adding Citations to Your Word Document
    • One Line/Cite View Manuscript

    Creating Bibliographies

    • Creating a Bibliography for Your Word Document
    • Creating an Independent Bibliography (Reference List)

    Backing-Up Your RefWorks Database

    What is RefWorks?

    RefWorks is a web-based citation management service used for storing and organizing citations, as well as automatically formatting bibliographies with Microsoft Word. 

    It is similar to EndNote, but your citations are stored on the RefWorks server rather than on your local machine and thus you must be connected to the Internet to use RefWorks.

    RefWorks is free to University of Michigan faculty, students and staff while you are part of the University.

    RefWorks will help you:

    Organize – RefWorks enables researchers to organize and manage their research data. 

         Access – RefWorks allows users to access their databases from any Web-connected source.

       Collaborate – RefWorks offers a tool which provides users with a quick and easy way to share their research via the Web, allowing viewers the ability to provide feedback and create bibliographies, further enhancing collaborative research.


    Help with RefWorks

    Students, staff and faculty can get RefWorks assistance at the Knowledge Navigation Center:

    •  Knowledge Navigation Center – Located on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Call ahead (647-5836) or e-mail to make an appointment. LibGuide

    RefWorks has created a LibGuide to help you get started.  The information here is supplemental to what is in this guide.  When reading instructions on how to log-in, please use the UM guide that you are currently on.

    Video Tutorials

    Video Tutorials

    The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University produced several RefWorks video tutorials.  Many of the videos you will see throughout this guide were used with permission from Yale University.  To see their full collection of RefWorks videos visit:

    The UM specific videos were created by UM Instructional Technologist, Breanna Hamm.

    The Write-n-Cite video was created by RefWorks.

    Contact Info

    Knowledge Navigation Center Faculty Exploratory
    Knowledge Navigation Center (KNC): (734) 647-5836

    Faculty Exploratory: (734) 647-7406

    TechDeck: (734) 647-1926


    These handouts can further assist you in using RefWorks

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