Attention RefWorks Users

The Refworks citation management software will no longer be available after December 31, 2020.  This resource is currently funded through the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) and is not being renewed.  Other citation management software is available such as Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley and is supported by the USF Libraries with information provided in our Citation Software guides

No new Refworks user accounts will be accepted beginning August 1, 2020.  Current RefWorks users who would like to save their references are advised to export them by December 31, 2020. Users will have until January 31, 2021 to access their accounts for the purpose of exporting references, after which accounts will be permanently inaccessible. All attachments must be downloaded and reattached to references separately in another citation manager.  Information on how to export your references and migrate to another citation manager is provided in the USF Libraries Guide on Refworks from the tab Migrating to Another Citation Manager.  If you have questions about exporting your RefWorks references, please contact Susan Silver at or 813-974-9871.


Introduction to RefWorks

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create a personal, searchable database of citations. These citations can be formatted into your Microsoft Word documents as footnotes or a custom bibliography.

Because it is entirely web-based (i.e. the bibliographic records reside on the web, not on your computer), it gives you access to your bibliographies from Mac, PC, or UNIX, as long as it’s connected to the Internet. To be safe, be sure to backup files. RefWorks also offers a mobile platform.

Currently, RefWorks is available using two platforms, Legacy RefWorks and New Refworks. New RefWorks was released in January 2016. Users may migrate at their own pace. The legacy version will remain available indefinitely, however it is no longer being updated. For more information about the transition visit the Transitioning to the New RefWorks page.

NOTE: Legacy RefWorks may ask for a group code when accessing your account from off campus. The group code is RWUSouthFlor