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RefWorks : What is RefWorks?

Guide to using RefWorks.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager database where you can store and organize citations, as well as generate easy bibliographies. It is provided and supported by NYIT Libraries for use by all students, faculty and staff. Using RefWorks, you can:

  • Import and store citations found in Library databases or other sources
  • Organize your citations into folders & access them via the Internet
  • Generate a reference list formatted in any citation style
  • Insert in-text citations as you write your paper
  • Share reference lists with classmates or others in a group, anywhere
  • and more!

Creating an Account

Creating Your Account:

Note:  It's best when you create your account that you are on-site at NYIT or logged in to the NYIT network through a VPN or proxy server.    

  1. Open your browser and go to the NYIT Library homepage.  Under the My Library box click on RefWorks.

  2. Make sure your screen says Login to your RefWorks account.

  3. Click the Sign up for a new account link.

  4. Complete the New User Information box.

Note:  When creating your Login Name, please do not use the following characters:

* Asterisk

< >[ ] Brackets

= Equal sign

+ Plus sign

" Quotes

\ / Slashes

, . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

  1. Click Create Account.

    You will receive an email confirmation.

After you click on create account, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references.

How to get started

How to get started using RefWorks:

  1. Create your RefWorks account
  2. Import citations as you search , or create them manually
  3. Organize and manage your citations by creating folders
  4. Generate bibliographies from your citations, formatted in the citation style of your choice (MLA, APA, AMA, Turabian, etc.)

View the following for an introduction to RefWorks

Introduction to RefWorks


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