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RefWorks User Guide - NEW version (blue logo)

What is RefWorks?


The RefWorks you know and love  

has a NEW and IMPROVED version!                     

What hasn't changed:   RefWorks is still 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, share citations, and generate in-text citations and bibliographies.

What has changed:  RefWorks has a new user interface and some new features.  For example, you can now save the entire full text of the item in RefWorks, allowing easier access to the articles themselves.  You can also tag articles with custom and/or predetermined tags, and then search by those tags as needed.

When is all this happening?  You can start using the new RefWorks now if you choose, or you can continue to use the legacy version until spring 2017 (exact date tbd).  As with all recently introduced updates, changes and revisions are still happening but the basic functionality is set.  

Which Version Should I Use?

These questions will help you determine when (or if) you should start using the new blue RefWorks.

  • Are you a current user who will be finished using RefWorks by the end of 2017?   Stick with Legacy.
  • Are you a new user with no RefWorks account set up yet?   Go for New.
  • Are you about to start a project that will continue into 2018?   Start your new project in New.


  • If you have a project going in Legacy, don't start using New FOR THAT PROJECT until it is complete.
  • You CAN have accounts in both Legacy and New.

Does this mean that you might want to keep working in Legacy while you complete a project, and also have an account open in New for newer projects?  Yes, you can do that.

Welcome to the New RefWorks!

This update to RefWorks is a new way to collect, manage and organize research papers and documents.  You can read annotate, organize, and cite your research as well as collaborate with friends and colleagues by sharing collections.

RefWorks’ drag and drop capability along with our smart document recognition makes it easy and fast to upload documents and bibliographic metadata into your library and the Save to RefWorks feature allows you to capture research from websites with the click of a button.

From simple bibliographies to papers formatted with in-text citations or footnotes, RefWorks handles it all.

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