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Citation Tools: RefWorks

Quick guide to online citation organization tools, including RefWorks & Zotero.

RefWorks lets you

  • Import citations from the catalog and databases
  • Store and organize citations
  • Add research notes
  • Format in-text citations
  • Create bibliographies in different citation styles

RefWorks is great for

  • Working on collaborative bibliographies/research projects
  • Organizing content in a variety of ways
  • Storing thousands of citations in the cloud

See how RefWorks compares

Here is a comparison chart of how RefWorks stacks up against other citation management software.

What Is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a cloud-based tool for managing citations and creating bibliographies. Through a subscription, the GW Libraries makes RefWorks available to all current students, faculty, and staff at the university. And as a GW alumnus, your RefWorks account follows you when you leave GW -- for free!

Using RefWorks, you can export citations from most library databases (as well as resources like Google Scholar), annotate and organize them, and format them for insertion into a Word document or as a stand-alone bibliography. 

Because it is subscription-based, if you using RefWorks from off-campus, you will need to use the Libraries' proxied link to access it:  (Bookmark this link in your browser for quick access.)

Alumni should access RefWorks through the link on our E-Resources for Alumni page.

Tutorials and guides for RefWorks:

RefWorks: Mobile Version

Gather, manage, store and share your citations, while on the go:

The first time you log in, you'll need the GW Group Code. Log in and retrieve it here.

HELP: Working with RefMobile

Subject Guide

Christopher Gross
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC