Use RefWorks for Citing Resources

About RefWorks

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Below you'll find information on what you can do with RefWorks, how to login to RefWorks, how to create a new RefWorks account, the UPS Group Code for RefWorks, and RefWorks compatibility requirements. 

What Is RefWorks?
RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Why Use RefWorks?
Managing references and creating bibliographies for research papers are time-consuming, complex tasks, often involving the use of different systems and applications. RefWorks makes this a problem of the past.

What Can You Do With RefWorks?
With RefWorks you can import references from multiple databases and automatically format your papers and bibliographies in seconds using a variety of style guides, including APA, Chicago, MLA, and more.

Where Are My References Stored?
Your references are stored on the RefWorks server. You can access them from anywhere by using your personal username and password.

Can I Use RefWorks on My Mobile Device?
Yes. RefWorks has developed a mobile application so that you can manage your RefWorks account through a mobile device. RefMobile lets you search and view the references in your RefWorks account; manage folders; create new references through its SmartAdd feature; and annotate your references.  Want to use RefMobile now? Just use your web-connected phone or PDA to go to

A Word of Caution
RefWorks is of great help when formatting a paper, however:
- Always verify that the output from RefWorks matches the latest requirements of the style. This may be done by checking instructions to authors, library web sites, style manuals, etc.
- Check for missing data in the output. If, for example, the year is missing from a reference, check your database to be sure the year is in the data. If not, add it to the data and reformat the paper.
- Please check your formatted paper carefully before final submission. There may be situations where manual editing is necessary.

Accessing RefWorks

How do I access RefWorks?

For direct access to RefWorks use this link: Or, from the Collins Library website click Citation Tools, then click RefWorks.  Then enter your personal login name and password.

Click Citation Tools from the Collins Library website

New Users:
First time users need to sign up for an individual account.  It's recommended that you do this from a campus computer.  If you are setting up a new account remotely, you will need to login to the campus proxy server using your UPS password prior to setting up your account.

Click Sign Up for a New Account

Signing Up For a RefWorks Account

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Note: You may sign up for as many accounts as you would like, so you can have both a personal account and also later a group account for projects or collaborative work.

Step 1: Account Information.  Create an account at University of Puget Sound: 

  1. Type your email address.
  2. Re-enter your email address.
  3. Type in a login name of your choice
  4. Type in a password of your choice.
  5. Re-enter your password.
  6. Click Next.

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Step 2: User Information.

  1. Type your Name.
  2. Select your Area of Focus from the first drop-down box.
  3. Select your Type of User from the second drop-down box
  4. Type the word(s) you see for the CAPTCHA
  5. Click Create Account.
  6. Your new RefWorks account is ready for use.

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Logging in to RefWorks - UPS Group Code

Normally, both on and off campus, you'll get right to RefWorks and login with the username and password you've created.  Occasionally, if you're off campus, you may be asked for a group code.  Ours is RWPST.

RefWorks Compatibility Requirements


  • Internet Explorer Version 7.0 or later (Windows only)
  • Firefox 3.X or later (Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • Safari 3 and later (Mac)
  • Google Chrome (Windows only) Note:  RefGrab-It does not work with Google Chrome

Word Processors:

  • Word for Windows 2000 or later
  • Word for Mac 2004 or later
  • You can also use any word processor including Ami-Pro, FrameMaker, OpenOffice, StarOffice, Word Perfect or any other program which allows you to save your files as RTF.  

Write-N-Cite is only compatible with MS Word.  All other word processing software users should use One Line/Cite View for their documents

Write-N-Cite for Windows is compatible with the following applications:

  • Microsoft Word 2000 and up
  • Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 and up

Write-N-Cite for Macintosh is compatible with the following applications:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac 2004 and 2008
  • Mac OS X version 10.3 or later

Write-N-Cite for Hangul is compatible with the following applications:

  • Windows XP and newer versions.
  • Specialized for Hangul versions 2007 and later.

RefWorks is compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (U.S.).  Screen readers such as MS Narrator or JAWS should automatically detect the compliant interface.

Last Update: 10 Nov 14:24 | Tagged with: citation bibliography references citing APA MLA RefWorks