RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files, online databases and other sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography.
Penn Libraries has purchased a site license to RefWorks so there is no additional fee to use the program for Penn students, faculty, or staff.
There are currently two versions of RefWorks. We strongly encourage new users to access the New RefWorks interface!
For those who have a Legacy Account, you may continue using that interface.
If you already have a legacy account, you can continue using it. There are some features in Legacy that are not yet available in New RefWorks
If you have already created a document using Write-N-Cite with your Legacy account and think you might need to update that document, continue using Legacy.
Select “Create Account” on the RefWorks page. You will need to enter a Penn University email account and create a password. Next, activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process).
After creating your account, you are ready to populate your RefWorks database with citations.
Several options are available when ready to add references to your research paper. Note the attached video links. Additional videos are available when you follow the links below.
Use "Create Bibliography" or "Quick Cite" within the New RefWorks interface. Using these options allow you to copy/paste formated citations into your Word document. Watch this YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNAqCXsSg_4
Use the "RefWorks Citation Manager" add-in available within the Microsoft Store to add citations to your document. This option is only available for Word 2016 users. It is extremely user friendly. Watch this YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=926vwn1jXqw