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RefWorks Overview

RefWorks is a cloud-based application that helps you organize your research.  You can import and manage citations for books, articles, and other resources and create bibliographies for research papers. The library's basic subscription to RefWorks does not include premium tools such as importing citations from a file, browser plugins, or integration with MS Word or Google Docs.

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You must sign up for an account before you can use RefWorks.

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Adding Citations into RefWorks


RefWorks is tightly integrated with QuickSearch, the library's discovery service.  Items you save to folders in QuickSearch are automatically added to your Flow account once you login.

Export Citations to RefWorks

You can use the export citations function that is available in many research databases to get references into RefWorks.  When you use export to RefWorks function, be sure to select Export to the new RefWorks if you see this screen.

Which version of RefWorks would you like to export to?

Instructions for Specific Databases

Some databases require extra steps to get citations into RefWorks.

RefWorks After Graduation

The UAA subscription of RefWorks is licensed only to current students, faculty, and staff.  After graduation you may be able to continue using the UAA subscription to RefWorks for a little bit, but once you lose access to your university email account you may have problems. 

The safest course is to download your citations and import them into citation management software like Zotero (free) or Endnote (the web version is free).

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