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RefWorks: RefWorks Basics

Need to get your references organized? RefWorks is the answer.

Attend a RefWorks help workshop

Come to one of the library’s workshops to learn how RefWorks can save you time and effort (and even improve your work):


RefWorks training sessions can be offered upon request: Feel free to reach out to set up a one-on-one or small-group training at a time that's convenient for you!


You might also find it helpful to checkout the class handout (a self-guided lesson in RefWorks fundamentals).


RefWorks Workshops

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Need to pull together your references for a paper or presentation? Click HERE for a detailed guide to using RefWorks or to see if there are any workshops scheduled.

Link to access RefWorks


RefWorks: Why Bother? video

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 through the TCNJ Library Homepage databases A-Z --or bookmark this more direct link to the TCNJ database page. To store your citations, you are required to register with the site. Creating an account is free.

  • If you are prompted to login by first providing a subscriber group code, our group code is: RWCNewJersey.

Creating Formatted Bibliographies

To generate a reference list, use the Bibliography menu and select your desired output style.

Getting Help

An extensive RefWorks Quick Start Guide is available for your convenience. 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.



Thanks to Linda Blake of West Virginia University for letting us use her guide as a basis for this guide.

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