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Citation Tools: RefWorks


Access RefWorks through the Library's log-in link:


RefWorks is a citation management system that helps you locate, organize and store bibliographic data. The Bryan College Library has a subscription to RefWorks, so you have unlimited, full access to the database.  RefWorks works with web browsers, a web "bookmarklet" to grab citation details from websites and a desktop application.  RefWorks integrates with Microsoft Office Word (and potentially other word processing systems) to assist you, while you are writing research papers, manuscripts and grant proposals, in inserting in-text citations and generating the resulting reference lists.   Your RefWorks database can be organized into folders and there are robust sharing and social networking capabilities.  

Our institutional subscription to RefWorks allows you unlimited storage for citations and PDFs.

RefWorks has mobile phone and tablet applications available.  Check this RefMobile page for details (

RefWorks Pros & Cons


  • Powerful organizational capabilities
  • Integrates with Word
  • One of the best citation managers for ease of APA formatting
  • Unlimited capacity for storing citations 
  • Unlimited storage for PDFs 
  • Lifetime Alumni access to your RefWorks database (based on on-going Bryan subscription)


  • Small learning curve
  • Need to review accuracy of APA formatting

RefWorks Basics

  • Create a personal log-in
  • Dig in!!  
    • Search databases and save citation details
    • Organize your personal database 
    • Store PDFs
    • Integrate RefWorks with Office Word to insert in-text citations and generate corresponding reference lists in APA format
  • NOTE:  You will need to review your citations for accuracy of APA 6th formatting, as there are occasional glitches.  

RefWorks Guide & Tutorials

Additional RefWorks Training

The Bryan College Library has a detailed guide on RefWorks (

RefWorks has a YouTube channel with excellent, short videos on all aspects of using RefWorks (