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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, for as long as the University continues to subscribe to RefWorks.

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: http://proxygw.wrlc.org/login?url=http://www.refworks.com/refworks  (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:

http://www.refworks.com/mobile

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

HELP: Working with RefMobile

Group Code

To get started, you'll need the GW Group Code. Log in and retrieve it here. The Group Code may be required:

  • when you create your RefWorks account
  • when you install the Write-n-Cite plugin for MS Word
  • when you first use RefMobile

Subject Guide

Christopher Gross
Contact:
chrisg@gwu.edu
202-994-3264
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC 20052202.994.6558refdesk@gwu.edu