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Footnotes, Bibliographies & Citation Tools: RefWorks

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


What is RefWorks?

  • Refworks is a citation management tool that formats your bibliographies in APA, MLA, and many other citation styles.
  • It helps store and organize your research and is an essential tool for those preparing research papers, theses, or dissertations.
  • It integrates your citations and builds your bibliography, reference list, or Works Cited list with Word and Google Docs.
  • It allows you to share your citations and collaborate with other RefWorks users.
  • It's in the cloud, so you can access it from anywhere.

How to Use Refworks

Detailed instructions on how to set up and use RefWorks can be found here:

RefWorks has a YouTube Channel with brief, helpful videos:

A written guide can be found here:

Accessing RefWorks

Log in to Refworks at

Note:  You must log in using your RefWorks account information - not your YUAD.

Legacy RefWorks vs. New Refworks

Those who have used RefWorks in the past may still be using the "Legacy" or orange colored version.  Instructions we have provided are for the "New" or blue colored version.  

To migrate your information from the Legacy to the New version, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the new RefWorks or click
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click Create Account, Do not click Use Login from My Institution.
  3. Be sure to use your YU email address (you can’t sign up with,, etc.).
  4. Check your email 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
    To import you will need to log into your Legacy account. If you forgot your login, click Forgot username or password? and then check your email for your user name & password. The email may be in Spam & Junk.

Once you move your data, it will no longer appear in your Legacy account.

From the YU Library

When you access an article from the YU Libraries, be sure to get the citation at the same time.  Select which citation style you will be using.  Then click on "Export to Bibliographic Management Software" and choose "Direct Export to RefWorks."

Export Google Scholar References to Refworks

To change your settings in Google Scholar to enable citations to be exported from there into RefWorks:

  1. Near the top left of the Google Scholar, click the left menu bar (the three lines) and then click on Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the area called Bibliography Manager.
  3. Select Show links to import citations into ...
  4. Select RefWorks from the dropdown menu.
  5. Click Save Preferences near the bottom of the page.