What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager.

With RefWorks you can:

  • create your own personal database
  • import references from SJU's databases
  • automatically format your papers and bibliographies

Help with RefWorks:

Setting up a RefWorks Account

To create your account

  • Open your browser and go to
  • Make sure your screen says "RefWorks User Login for "Saint Joseph's University".
  • Click the Sign up for an Individual Account link.
  • Complete the Create Account box.
  • Once the information is filled in, click Create Account.
  • You will receive an email confirmation that has been customized to suit SJU's requirements.
  • After you click on Register, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references.

Using RefWorks

  • After your account is created within Refworks, it can be accessed from any location by going directly to
  • Create folders. Before you start your research, it is best to first create folders to organize your work. Here is more information on creating and working with folders.
  • Add citations to RefWorks. There are three basic ways to do this:

    • by Direct Export.
      This is the simplest method---and whether it is available to you in any given database is totally dependent on that database.
      Here is more information on using the Direct Export feature in a database.
    • by Exporting Data to Text Files.
      Some databases that do not allow Direct Export, may allow you to mark citations and then save them to a text file that can then be imported into Refworks.
      Here is more information on using this method.
    • by Manually filling in a web form.
      If you are not working from our Catalog or a database that supports export and you have all the elements needed to create a citation you can enter that information manually.
      Here is more information.
  • Create a bibliography.
    • Once your citations are in a folder, simply set a few preferences (style type: MLA, APA, etc.) and click a button.
    • There are advanced features in RefWorks that allow users to share folders, and make use of the Write 'n Cite feature where citations are automatically entered into your Word document as you type your paper.
      Talk to a Reference Librarian for more details.

Last revision / review: March 8, 2013