Note to all RefWorks users: our subscription to RefWorks will end on June 30, 2014. All users should move their data from RefWorks to another bibliographic management tool by that date or risk losing all their RefWorks data. The Libraries are supporting a bibliographic management tool named Zotero; see the announcement on our news page and our set of introductory web pages on Zotero.



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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography.

Who can use RefWorks?

RefWorks is licensed for all members of Ohio University–students, faculty, and staff–at both the Athens campus and the regional campuses. Off-campus access to RefWorks is also available; see our page of special instructions for off-campus access.

Can I use RefWorks Off-Campus?

Yes. For details see our page on off-campus access to RefWorks.

Why use RefWorks?

  • It lets you format bibliographies in seconds in a multitude of citation styles such as APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago, or many others.
  • You can import references from OhioLINK as well as from many other databases, such as ArticlesPlus, EBSCO databases, JSTOR, ¬†PubMed, and many more.
  • You can import references and bibliographies you may have already created in other software packages like Endnote, ProCite, or Reference Manager.

Where is my information stored?

Because RefWorks is web-based, the information on the citations you gather is stored on the RefWorks server in your own personal account. This means that your list of citations is available to you any place you have access to the World Wide Web.

How can I get help with RefWorks?

Ohio University libarians have made several brief introductory videos about RefWorks, which are available here:

RefWorks has produced a brief QuickStart guide in PDF format, which covers all the basics you need to begin using RefWorks.

There are many other, more detailed tutorials (in both video and PDF format) at the RefWorks site itself.