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A step-by-step guide to using RefWorks.

Losing Access To RefWorks

SIUE will lose access to RefWorks on June 30, 2021. Please export your RefWorks sources to Zotero. For an explanation of exporting source from RefWorks to Zotero, check the Zotero LibGuide.

What is RefWorks?

A web-based bibliography and database manager which allows you to create your own personal database. References can be imported from text files, online databases, websites and other sources.

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Why Use RefWorks?

Three reasons to use RefWorks include the ability to:

  1. Gather, store, manage, and share references or citations.
  2. Generate bibliographies in numerous citation formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.
  3. Store references online and have accessibility to them wherever internet access is available.


Setting Up An Account or Accessing RefWorks

RefWorks is available to SIUE faculty, staff, and students. To establish an account, proceed by following these steps.

  1. Go to the library's homepage.
  2. Click on the Research Support box on the homepage. 
  3. On the Research Support page click on Citing Sources.
  4. Click on the Login to Refworks under Refworks Citation Tool.
  5. Once you are on the Refworks homepage click on Sign Up for a New Account and follow the instructions to create you account. 
  6. If asked for a group code enter RWSIUE

Creating the Bibliography

Use the Bibliography menu. To create a bibliography within Word, download the Write-N-Cite plugin from the Help Menu.

Additional information on using Write-N-Cite is available in one of the top column tabs.

Adding Citations

Within most of the Library databases, there is the ability to export(add) citations into RefWorks. This is often referred to as direct export.

The following databases or database providers allow exporting: ABC-CLIO, Annual ReviewsCSA, EBSCO, JSTOR, Lexis-Nexis, OVID, Proquest, ScienceDirect, the SIUE Catalog, WilsonWeb, and WorldCat.

To add citations:

  1. Perform the search in a database.
  2. Select add for the record to keep and view
  3. Look for an export, save, or the RefWorks icon. Click on either.
  4. Access will be provided to a page that offers Direct Export to RefWorks.
  5. Click on the proper button. When prompted login to RefWorks [If already logged in, the RefWorks window opens].
  6. RefWorks opens and the import process begins immediately.
  7. All citations are saved in the last imported folder from which can be moved to another folder. References can be placed in more than one folder.



Organizing by Folders

RefWorks organizes references into three folders, Last Imported Reference, Reference not in a Folder and All References. You have the option of creating your own folders as well. This mechanism allows you to save references on different topics into different folders or save a particular reference to multiple folders.

Folders can be shared via email or via the RefShare website allowing for collaboration.

To create a new folder:

  1. From the Folders pull down menu, select Create New Folder
  2. Enter a name for the folder.
  3. Click Ok. A pop-up window will contfirm that the folder was successfully created.
  4. From the Folders tab, select Organize Folders to rename, delete or clear the contents. The number of references in each folder is also indicated, with hyperlinks to the references.

Locating Citations Placed in RefWorks

Use the Search menu. Citations can also be sorted under this menu by author, journal title, and subject.

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