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Basic guide for RefWorks 3, or the New 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 RefWorks 3. The old or "Legacy" RefWorks is still available and has its own LibGuide. It is also possible to migrate your collection from Legacy RefWorks to the new RefWorks

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. RefWorks can 

  • collect information (citations and full text articles) from online databases and websites by importing or entering manually 
  • organize, customize, and store above information in folders and subfolders, including  reading, highlighting, and annotating documents
  • add in-text citations and footnotes to a paper directly from your RefWorks library
  • create and format a bibliography of works cited in a variety of citation styles
  • share documents to collaborate with other researchers

VIDEO: Introduction to RefWorks

Video from ProQuest, 0:56 min

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

Reference Management

Rutgers supports three major reference management systems: the subscription-based EndNote, and RefWorks, available for Rutgers faculty, staff, and students, and Zotero, free to use for anyone. For more, please see related guides.

A Review of the New RefWorks

Science Librarian on Cook/Douglass

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