What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based tool that helps you manage citations, create bibliographies, and import references from databases. It can convert stored citations into formatted bibliographies. Formatting styles include APA, Chicago, and MLA.
Why RefWorks? Comparison chart with other bibliographic managers.
You can connect to RefWorks from the list of library databases. To store your citations, you are required to register with the site. Creating an account is free.
Alumni may access RefWorks via refworks.com using the group code above. New alumni should change their account status to "Alumni" within RefWorks under Tools > Update User Information.
- Group Code: If you are prompted to login by first proving a subscriber group code, enter: RWUnWiMil
For more detailed instructions on moving citations into RefWorks, see the guide for Adding Citations Electronically at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries site.
- Popup note: You may need to turn off any pop-up window blockers in your browser to use the "Direct Import" option.
Creating Formatted Bibliographies
To generate a reference list, use the Bibliography menu and select your desired output style.
Using Write-N-Cite from Off-Campus
In order to use Write-N-Cite from off-campus you will need to load the WNC Proxy Configuration Utility in RefWorks to route you to UWM Libraries proxy server. After running the utility, when you launch Write-N-Cite you will be directed to UWM Libraries proxy server to login rather than going directly to RefWorks.
- From the Start Menu select Programs and RefWorks.
- Select the WNC Proxy Configuration Utility.
- Enter the Proxy Server URL: https://ezproxy.lib.uwm.edu/login?url=https://www.refworks.com/Refworks/?WNC=true
- Click OK.
- Activate Write-N-Cite.
- Select Preferences from the Write-N-Cite menu .
- Select the Proxy option and enter the Proxy Server URL: https://ezproxy.lib.uwm.edu/login?url=https://www.refworks.com/Refworks/?WNC=true
- Restart Write-N-Cite for this proxy configuration to take effect.
An extensive RefWorks Quick Start Guide is available for your convienence. Please refer to the RefWorks tutorial and RefWorks help pages for additional information on using RefWorks, and Ask a Librarian for more help with RefWorks.
See also the schedule of UWM Libraries workshops for a list of RefWorks information sessions.