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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based reference manager which allows the user to create and organize a personal database of citations to a variety of different kinds of materials.

Highlights of RefWorks include the ability to:

  • Keep your RefWorks account during your entire time as a student or faculty member at USF
  • Import citations from online catalogs, databases, websites etc. into your RefWorks account
  • Organize the citations in a meaningful way for multiple research interests or class projects
  • Search your RefWorks database for citations either by author or journal title
  • Format bibliographies according to most major styles such as MLA, APA etc.
  • Share your RefWorks content with users at other institutions.


Accessing RefWorks

Your RefWorks subscription entitles you to both the new and legacy versions of RefWorks:

  • RefWorks (legacy) offers Students the ability to organize the documents they need to complete assignments, creating instant citations and bibliographies, wrapping up the loose ends that steal hours from sleep or other homework. Faculty value RefWorks for its creation of a simple online workspace that supports research collaboration, transcending geography. And for librarians, RefWorks’ institutional subscription puts them at the hub of their community with a high-value service that supports all university researchers. NOTE: If you are logging in from off campus, you may be asked for the Group Code for USF. The group code is RWUSouthFlor

    Click here to log into the legacy RefWorks.
  • The New RefWorks is the next generation of reference management software empowering both researchers and librarians to do more. The new RefWorks combines powerful citation management functionality including database import, web capture tools and thousands of flexible citation styles, plus a refined user experience, full-text management, collaboration and other features you’d expect from a total reference management solution.

    Click here to log into the new Refworks.


RefWorks News!


Write N Cite for Google Docs

The New RefWorks includes a plug in for Google Docs. When you download the plug in for WNC using the New Refworks, you can choose to add it to either Word, Google Docs or both!

Share References on Social Media Sites

In the Organize & Share Folders area, you can now share a folder or your entire RefWorks database with over 300 social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.  Once you’ve set up your sharing options and created the sharing URL, simply mouse over the share icon for your specific folder on the Organize & Share Folders page and you’ll see icons for Facebook, Twitter and more.


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