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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.

Guide Contents

What is RefWorks?

Creating & Accessing Your Account

  • Get Started
  • Creating Your Account
  • On and Off Campus
  • Forgot your password
  • Alumni


Save Citations

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


Sharing Your RefWorks Database

  • Collaborating with others
  • Sharing a folder(s)

Creating bibliographies

  • Creating an Independent Bibliography (Reference List)

Using RefWorks with Word Documents

  • Adding in-text citations to your Word document


Backing-Up your RefWorks account

Moving references out of RefWorks

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.



These handouts can further assist you in using RefWorks

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