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Patient Safety Orientation - PSL401 (Phase 1): RefWorks

RefWorks Overview

RefWorks is a reference management service that supports full-text management, collaboration, in-text citation, and the creation of bibliographies. It is a cloud-based application that is free for UIC students, faculty, and staff.

RefWorks allows you to:

  • Organize your resources in projects and folders
  • Create formatted reference lists and annotated bibliographies in a variety of citation styles
  • Import citations directly from library databases as well as Google Scholar
  • Access your sources directly within Microsoft Word
  • Share citations and source lists

To create in-text citations you'll need either the RCM plugin or Write-n-Cite, depending on your operating system and version of Word.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the library offer workshops on RefWorks?

Yes. Librarians offer workshops a few times a semester or by request. They are also available for one-on-one appointments. See the Workshop Schedule or schedule an appointment here.

What if I already have a legacy RefWorks account?

If you have an existing Legacy RefWorks account and would like to transfer to the current version of RefWorks, sign in to your account and click   "Upgrade to the latest RefWorks version" (located at the top of the screen).

If you'd like to use the current RefWorks but aren't ready to transfer your citations, you can have two separate accounts. You can transfer your citations when you're ready.

Can I keep my account after I graduate?

Yes. To keep your account after graduation, simply e-mail us with a new e-mail address so that your account doesn't expire when your UIC e-mail does. 

What if I don't want to try this current version of RefWorks?

If you’re not ready to make the switch, don’t worry. You can keep using the legacy version.

How can I learn more?

E-mail us at

Check out the Proquest RefWorks guide or the RefWorks Support page.

Importing from Legacy RefWorks to new RefWorks account