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Database-specific instructions

Instructions for importing references from hundreds of specific databases are available at the RefWorks website


Options for Refworks users who leave Penn

Faculty, staff and students use a Library subscription. Former affiliates need a different method of access


What is Refworks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool. RefWorks is freely available to all current Penn students, faculty, and staff.  You can use Refworks to

  • Create a personal database online
  • Import references automatically from most research databases and library catalogs
  • Organize and annotate references
  • Format references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word documents

Accessing Refworks

You can access your RefWorks account from on or off campus. Off-campus users must authenticate through the proxy server. To access RefWorks through the proxy server, you can:


Using Refworks with Microsoft Word

Write-N-Cite, a downloadable RefWorks utility, allows you to add references to a Word manuscript from your RefWorks account. Download Write-N-Cite by first accessing your RefWorks account. Once in your account, select "Write-N-Cite" found in the "Tools" drop-down menu.  Installation instructions are available on the download page. 

When you access Write-N-Cite from off campus you will be asked for a "group code." You can access it here.


NIH Public Access Compliant Citations

The NIH has revised their policy for submissions to require the PubMed Central reference number be included in documents submitted to the NIH.

References pulled from Pubmed using RefWorks will automatically contain PMCID's if they exisit in the PubMed record.  Choose the "NIH - National Institutes of Health" output style when creating a grant related Word document.

More information is available on our NIH Public Access Policy Guide.

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