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RefWorks: RefWorks

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What is RefWorks:

RefWorks is an online research citation management tool that allows you to collect, store, and manage bibliographic information.

Creating a RefWorks Account

  1. Go to and click the “Create Account” link.
  2. Fill in your information making sure to use your Skidmore email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).  
  3. Once you activate your account (you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process), you’ll get access immediately and can get started managing your documents.

Introduction to RefWorks

Basic Functionality in RefWorks

This video covers the way sources are organized in RefWorks, different ways to view and edit sources, creating a bibliography, and the different tools available.

Exporting Citations from a Database or Catalog to Your RefWorks Account

One of the most common ways that you'll add references to your RefWorks account will be exporting them from the library databases and catalog. 

Creating, Organizing, and Sharing Folders in RefWorks

Writing with RefWorks - RefWorks Citation Manager & RefWorks in Google Docs

RefWorks offers different ways to sync your RefWorks account to Microsoft Word and Google Docs, so you can include citations from your RefWorks account while you write.

RefWorks Citation Manager is a plugin for Microsoft Word that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside Word. RefWorks Citation Manager is a newer, more modern version of an older version called Write-N-Cite. RefWorks Citation Manager is available through the Microsoft Store and can be installed directly from Microsoft Word. 

RefWorks for Google Docs is a plugin for Google Docs that lets you run a simplified version of RefWorks inside of Google Docs. 

Need Help?

RefWorks Technical Support

Visit this page to chat with an agent, search a Knowledge Center, or submit a question.


RefWorks YouTube Channel

RefWorks provides a full series of videos on using and writing with RefWorks.