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RefWorks and Other Citation Management Tools: RefWorks

Citation Management Program Help Guides & Tutorials

New RefWorks FAQ

A new and improved version of RefWorks is here!

Along with all the features you love about RefWorks, you now have the ability to drag and drop pdf files into your library, saving the citation information automatically. There are also enhanced sharing capabilities, a more intuitive interface, capability to annotate documents, and along with integration with MS Word, RefWorks Beta includes a plug-in for Google Docs.

How do I access this new account?

  • You can create an account by going to the Refworks website. Create your RefWorks account here.
  • If you have an existing RefWorks account, you do not need to take any action at this time. We will provide migration assistance after the new version is fully functional.
  • If you'd like to try the new RefWorks but aren't ready to transfer your citations, you can have two separate accounts. You can transfer your citations when you're ready.

Will the library offer workshops on the new version of RefWorks?

Librarians will offer instruction and consultations to help with the new version of RefWorks. See the Workshop Schedule or schedule an appointment here.

What if I don't want to try the new version of RefWorks?

If you’re not ready to make the switch, don’t worry. The current version of RefWorks will still be active until January of 2019.

How can I learn more?

Current RefWorks Information

About RefWorks
RefWorks is an online reference manager that allows you to upload, organize, and store citations collected during your research. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Using RefWorks
You must be connected to the internet to use RefWorks. To set up a personal RefWorks account or access your existing account from on campus or off-campus, click on the corresponding link below:

On and Off Campus Access 

If you are new to Refworks, click on "Sign up for an Individual Account." Enter your name, your UIC NetID as your login name, a password (different from your UIC NetID password) and your UIC email address, then click on "Register."

Quick Start Notes
There are 3 ways to import references into your RefWorks account.

  • Auto Export (many UIC databases have an autoexport function)
  • Save and Import as a text file (some UIC databases require you save your reference to a file before you import it into refworks)
  • Manually - manually type the reference details

Librarians have created online tutorials demonstrating how to export citations from some of the major databases at UIC.

If you are still running into problems with RefWorks, email us at and we will be glad to help.