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Citation Tools

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

NEW! RefWorks v.3

RefWorks 3, a brand new version, is now available. See this guide for more information, and view helpful videos on the RefWorks YouTube channel.

If you already have an account on the old "legacy" RefWorks v.2, you can keep it for now. There is currently no set date for legacy RefWorks to be retired. You can still try out the new version, and even import your references from the old version into the new one, without closing your old account. 

What Is RefWorks v.3?

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 alum, your RefWorks account follows you when you leave GW, for free, for as long as the University continues to subscribe to RefWorks.

Guides for using RefWorks v.3:

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.

Using Legacy RefWorks v.2

RefWorks v.2, also called Legacy RefWorks, is still available. To access it, use this link: . (Bookmark this link in your browser for quick access.)

If RefWorks v.2 asks you for our Group Code, log in and retrieve it here.

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

Tutorials and guides for Legacy RefWorks:

Moving from RefWorks v.2 to RefWorks v.3

Important Note: If you have already started writing a paper using the Write-n-Cite plugin for RefWorks v.2, you should NOT try to finish it using the plugin for v.3. This may cause formatting errors. 

There are two main ways to upgrade your citation library from legacy RefWorks v.2 to new RefWorks v.3. 

  • If you don't have a v.3 account yet, log into your v.2 account and click the link that says "Move to the latest version of RefWorks" at the top of the screen. This will lead you through creating a v.3 account and importing your citations to the new account.
  • If you already have a v.3 account, log into your v.2 account and export your citations using the References - Export menu item, choosing the RefWorks tagged format. Then log into your v.3 account and use the Import References command under the "+" menu.

If you want, you can continue using v.2 this year, or even use both v.2 and v.3. Legacy RefWorks v.2 will be available until at least  Summer Semester 2017. 

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 for RefWorks v.2

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

The code is not required for the new RefWorks v.3.

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