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Political Science 381: Political Science Research Design

Guide for Political Science 381

Many Citation Management Programs to Choose From

More Citation Help

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. 

RefWorks is free to University of Michigan faculty, students and staff.

  • RefWorks will help you:
  •  organize and save your references. 
  • easily share your references and collaborate with colleagues.
  • create bibliographies and format in-text citations choosing from hundreds of citation styles.



Refworks is software that helps you keep track of your references and format your bibliography!  It is provided through the University Library, which makes it free for faculty, students and staff.

To start using Refworks click here

  • Then click on "Sign up for a New Account",
  • In the Create an Account pop-up screen, enter your information, then click on "Create Account". Once you’ve registered, a confirmation will be sent to your e-mail address.  
  • It is recommended that you DO NOT use your UM Kerberos password, but select another password of your choice.



Using Refworks in Microsoft Word for In-text Citations

You can install a plugin to Microsoft Word that will sync to your Refworks database and allow you to easily create in-text citations. Here's a guide to help you get started.

Using Refworks to Generate a Bibliography