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Citation Help: RefWorks Guide

This guide will help you get started using citations in your academic writing, and teach you the basics about Citation Management Software.


Log in to RefWorks
Use your RefWorks login, not your YUAD

What does RefWorks do?

Refworks is a helpful citation management tool.  It can do the following:

  • Store and organize your research including citations and full-text
  • Format your bibliographies in APA, MLA, and other citation styles
  • Allow you to integrate citations and bibliography into your paper in Word or Google Docs
  • Allow you to share your citations with other RefWorks users
  • Be accessed anywhere -- even after you leave YU

Note: Always check citation accuracy, since errors occasionally occur.


To get started using RefWorks, see the information below.  More information can be found at the RefWorks YouTube Channel.

RefWorks Tutorial

Scroll through the PowerPoint or click on the link below:

Import References

Import Google Scholar References

Import Website References

Reaccess the Full Text

Access the full text of your imported references

In RefWorks, click on a reference.

Change the display to "Full View."

♦ If you imported the PDF, in the Attachment field click the PDF.

♦ If you imported just the reference, in the URL field click the link.

Legacy RefWorks

Instructions in this libguide are for the New RefWorks (blue version).  If you are still the using the Legacy RefWorks (orange version), you should migrate to the New RefWorks.

To migrate:

  1. Go to RefWorks or click
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click Create Account, Do not click Use Login from My Institution.
  3. Use your YU email address.
  4. Check your inbox and activate your account. Note: It may be in Spam or Junk.
  5. Learn how to import Legacy RefWorks references and styles into New RefWorks
    Once you move your data, it will no longer appear in your Legacy account.