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How do I... use RefWorks?

 

  • Get Started
  • Add References
  • Create Bibliographies
  • Format Papers
  • Help

 

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows you to collect, organize and store citations and create bibliographies (in hundreds of different citation styles) in seconds. Campus-wide access to RefWorks is provided by the University Libraries.

How do I create an account?

Creating an account is as easy as choosing a username and password on the RefWorks website. In order to create your account, you will need to either be on campus or be following the directions for accessing library databases remotely (get more information on off-campus access).

It says I need a Group Code to login. How do I get it?

If you're logging in to RefWorks from off-campus and you're not connected to the VPN, you will be prompted to enter CU-Boulder's Group Code. To get CU's Group Code, you can either go to the original confirmation email that RefWorks sent to you when you created your account, or you can click on the "Forgot Your Log-in?" link on the RefWorks login page to have the Group Code emailed to you again.

 

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There are four methods for adding references to your RefWorks database. Click on the links below to learn more about how you can use each of the methods to build your own personal RefWorks database.

 

Export references directly from Library Article Databases [easiest option]
Import files of references from other sources
Search library catalogs from RefWorks
Enter the information about the reference yourself
Specific instructions on how to add references from Chinook

 

 

You can easily create stand-alone bibliographies from the citations in your RefWorks database in just a few short steps:

  1. Click the "Bibliography" button in the navigation bar
  2. Choose the "Output style" you wish to use from the drop down list
  3. Select "Format a Bibliography from a List of References"
  4. Choose the file type you'd like to create (HTML, Word, etc.)
  5. Choose which references to include (Either "All", those stored to "My List", or the citations from a particular folder in your database)
  6. Click the "Create Bibliography" button at the bottom of the page
  7. The formatted bibliography should appear in a few seconds
  8. Proofread the bibliography for any errors

 

You can use RefWorks to format your papers in the citation style that you choose (MLA, APA, etc.) It will take the citation style you select and format your in-text citations and create a works cited/bibliography at the end of your paper.

 

How to Insert In-Text References

There are three different methods for creating in-text references to the citations stored in your RefWorks database. Click on the links below to learn more about each method:

How to Format In-Text References and Create a Bibliography

Once you have the references to the citations in your RefWorks database in the text of your paper, follow the steps below to format the in-text citations and the bibliography for your paper:

  1. Click the "Bibliography" button in the RefWorks toolbar
  2. Choose the "Output style" you wish to use from the drop down list
  3. Select "Format Paper and Bibliography"
  4. Click the "Browse" button to find your saved paper, then click "Open"
  5. Click the "Create Bibliography" button at the bottom of the page
  6. The formatted paper and bibliography should appear in a few seconds
  7. Proofread the in-text citations and bibliography for any errors

 

If you need additional information about using RefWorks that you can't find here, below are some additional resources for learning to use RefWorks.

 

  • Quick Start Guide (from RefWorks)
  • Tutorial from RefWorks (log in to your RefWorks account, go to Tools > Tutorial)

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