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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.

NEW! RefWorks v.3

A new version of RefWorks is now available. See this guide for more information, and go to to create your account. 

If you already have an account on the old RefWorks v.2, you can keep it until at least Summer 2017. You can still create an account on the new version to try it out, and even import your references from the old version into the new one without closing your old account. 

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:  (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

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
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC