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Last Updated: May 6, 2015 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a bibliographic management software application that enables you to:

  1. download citations from databases and put them into a personal RefWorks research database
  2. format bibliographies and citations automatically in over 400 styles including APA, MLA, etc.
  3. use in conjunction with WORD to write papers, dissertations, etc.
  4. access your RefWorks account from any computer, anywhere
  5. create a database and share it with colleagues around the world
  • Questions?
    Contact these librarians
    In Alderman Library
    Chris Ruotolo 434-982-2652

    In Brown Science & Engineering Library
    Beth Blanton-Kent 434-924-6837

    In the Library Data Commons@Curry
    Ruffner Hall, room 302
    Carole Lohman 434-924-7040
    & Kay Buchanan 434-982-2664

    In Health Sciences Library
    Inhye Kim Son

Additional RefWorks Information

  • Have you forgotten your RefWorks password? 
    Go to the RefWorks Login page and click on the link, "Forgot Your Log-In" and RefWorks will send you your password to your e-mail account. This service is available on weekends, too!

  • Want to change your account information?

    Log in to RefWorks and FROM the menu bar, select TOOLS and then, select UPDATE USER INFORMATION. You can change your password as well as other information you provided.

  • Alumni 
    Your RefWorks account will continue after you graduate, however, if it is not used within 1 year, the account will be deleted. If you have attached the full text for articles to the RefWorks record for a given citation, they will remain, however you will no longer see the Find@UVa button in RefWorks as use of this tool has to be restricted to current students, faculty, and staff due to contractual obligations.  If you come to the UVa Library, you can access the full text or print version of the article if it is available. If you are affiliated with another university or organization, you will be able to use their Find@ button to access the full text they provide. If you are an alumni and you have never created a RefWorks account, you may open one, now. You will need a group code to set up your RefWorks Alumni account. Ask us for the. U.Va Group Code for alumni so you can create your account. Click here for more information about RefWorks for Alumni.

  • Does Your Research Group Want to Share a RefWorks Folder?
    Use RefShare.

  • How does one login from off-Grounds?
    Use the Group Code to login to the RefWorks page (ask us for the U.Va.Group Code for faculty and students).

    At first this method only allows you to access your citations and to any articles you have attached to a RefWorks citation full text. However, when you open a browser and click on a database link, you will be allowed access through NetBadge to the databases and to the full text of the journal articles if UVa has purchased access. 

  • A comparison of RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero software: 
    Which software  is best for you?

  • If you are planning on using Write-N-Cite 4 when writing your papers, these resources will be useful.
    • This Lib Guide is from the RefWorks people.  While it covers more than just using WNC 4, the sections on WNC 4 are very helpful.  The images used for the WNC 4 sections are from PC computers. 
    • This is a video tutorial on installing WNC4.
    • This video tutorial demonstrates using WNC4 when writing your paper.
    • In addition to the section on finding the Mac WNC 4 toolbar after installation in the RefWorks Lib Guide Write-N-Cite 4 FAQs, Mac users should use the Waterloo University Lib Guide  to view what WNC 4 looks like in a Mac interface.
    • For Macs users that have Mavericks as your original operating system, you can go into RefWorks and download the WNC4 version, WNC Mac 4.3.1203.  This is the current default when you go into RefWorks to download WNC4.  If you upgraded an older Mac to Mavericks, your Java application may have been turned off.  You will need to turn it back on prior to downloading WNC4.

      If your new Mac has the Yosemite operating system, when you download WNC 4 be sure to select WNC4 version 4.4.1225 as this is compatible with OSX 10.10.  This is the second link listed as an option for download.  If you have upgraded your older Mac to Yosemite, you will need to turn on your Java application before downloading WNC4.


    Connect to RefWorks

    Other Bibliographic Management Software Programs

    • EndNOTE
      EndNote Basic is free, but EndNote must be purchased by UVa students and faculty.
      Bibliographic software.
    • Mendeley
      Bibliographic software
      Social media
    • Zotero
      Bibliographic software
    • Evernote
      Free and fee-based Bibliographic software and note taking software

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