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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.

Get Started

To get started:

  1. Access RefWorks through the Library website at
  2. In the Search box near the top of the screen, type "RefWorks"
  3. On the results page, click the RefWorks link under Databases

From off campus, you will be asked to authenticate using your uniqname and password.

Creating Your Account

Written instructions:

To set up your account:

  1. On the New User Information for University of Michigan Library screen, enter your name, login name, password, U of M e-mail address, type of user, and area of focus then click Register.
  2. A confirmation will be sent to your e-mail address

NOTE: Since your RefWorks information is kept offsite, we recommend that you DO NOT use your UM Kerberos password, but select another password of your choice.

On and Off Campus

How do I access RefWorks?

On Campus

RefWorks will recognize the IP address on your computer as U of M and the RefWorks User Login for the University of Michigan University Library window will appear.


Off Campus  

To setup an account off campus, go to

  1. You will be asked to sign in using library authentication
  2. Once logged in, type "RefWorks" in the Search box at the top of the page
  3. Click RefWorks and sign up or log in

Forgot Your Password?

If you forget your Refworks password, go to the RefWorks login page to reset it.  

Click on Forgot Your Login Information? and follow the instructions.


Alumni Access

RefWorks is now available for free to Alumni through their Alumni Program.  Alumni will have free access as long as the University of Michigan subscribes to RefWorksIf you're ready to get started, please contact to receive the Group Code needed for access.  


These handouts can further assist you in using RefWorks

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