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RefWorks User Guide

This guide provides information and instructions on how to use RefWorks, a research/citation management tool.

What is RefWorks?

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RefWorks is an online research/citation management tool that allows you to collect, store, and manage information.

With RefWorks, you can:

  • create your own database of references;
  • export references from article databases and from the Web;
  • generate in-text citations and bibliographies


Getting Started with RefWorks

Hooray!  You've decided to use RefWorks.  If you wish to see a series of brief videos showing the functions of RefWorks, you can visit the RefWorks YouTube channel.  If you have any questions, feel free to email the Library of Rush University Medical Center at

Accessing RefWorks: From the Library's homepage, click on RefWorks under "Quick Links" at the left.

Creating an Account: New users must first create an account:

  1. After accessing RefWorks, you will come to the "RefWorks User Login for Rush University" page.
  2. Click on Sign up for an Individual Account
  3. Fill in all fields in the New User Information box
  4. Enter your email address in the E-mail Address field (does not need to be your Rush email)
  5. Click on Register

confirmation email will be sent to you with your user login and password.  To create your account from off campus, please call the Library Services Desk at (312) 942-5950.

Who needs the Group Code?


Rush RefWorks users will not be required to use the Group Code to access RefWorks when on campus. This improvement comes at the request of numerous RefWorks users.


New RefWorks users: Individuals creating a new RefWorks account from off-campus will need to enter the Rush group code. Contact the Library Service Desk by phone so that staff may assist you: (312) 942-5950. You may be asked to verify your affiliation with Rush.

Write-n-Cite: Write-N-Cite III users must log in in with their Group Code/login name/password. There are no plans to remove the Group Code requirement from the Write-N-Cite III login page. 

To find the group code: Contact the Library at (312) 942-5950.

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