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Basic guide for RefWorks to assist NBL reference and instruction services.

This guide is for users new to citation management and RefWorks. It focuses on using the "new" RefWorks, i. e., the ProQuest RefWorks or, as earlier known, RefWorks 3. Legacy RefWorks is no longer available at Rutgers.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a cloud-based research and bibliographic management tool providing access to your references and documents from any computer or mobile device. Using RefWorks, you can

  • import or manually upload citations and full-text articles from databases and websites 
  • organize, customize, and store information in folders and subfolders
  • read, highlight, and annotate documents
  • add in-text citations and footnotes to a paper directly from your RefWorks library
  • create and format a bibliography in a variety of citation styles
  • share documents to collaborate with other researchers

Create a RefWorks Account

  1. Go to and click “Create Account.”
  2. Enter your Rutgers email address and create a password.
  3. Click the activation link in the confirmation email to complete your account setup.

VIDEO: Introduction to RefWorks

Video from ProQuest, 0:56 min


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