RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic manager that includes a word processing plug-in for Microsoft Word and Google Docs. RefWorks is popular with researchers that use academic databases to find information and want a bibliographic manager that they can access from any computer.
Notable features of RefWorks include:
The information provided below is useful for researchers who want to become familiar with RefWorks' basic functions. For a more complete guide to RefWorks features, I recommend ProQuest's RefWorks guide.
Create Your Account
To create a RefWorks account, click this link: https://refworks.proquest.com/signup/
You will be asked for an email address. Please use your bu.edu email address only, as only this will authenticate you as a licensed RefWorks user.
For Users of Legacy RefWorks
If you've been using the previous version of RefWorks, you can continue to use it.
If you'd like to migrate your RefWorks database to the newest version of RefWorks, you can do that, too.
Once your account is created, you can start sending references to your RefWorks database. There are several ways to do this:
To create bibliographies with RefWorks, open the folder with the citations you want to use, then click the " button in your RefWorks toolbar.
RefWorks will create a bibliography in your chosen citation style that you can copy and paste into a document.
Note: Look over your bibliography before submitting it to an instructor or publisher. If you imported references that were poorly indexed--and this can happen even with references from well-respected academic databases--there is a chance that you will have incorrect formatting on some of your bibliography items.
If you want to cite sources within the text of your document, you can do it in one of two ways:
When using RefWorks' citation tool while citing in Chicago Style (Notes & Bibliography) or another style that requires footnote citations, it's necessary to insert a footnote, then insert your citation in the footnote rather then the text of the paper. See the examples below to find out how the citation differs depending on its location.
Fig. 1: Chicago style citation inserted at the end of a sentence.
Fig. 2: Chicago style citation inserted into a footnote.