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RefWorks: RefWorks Basics

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

How can RefWorks help?

RefWorks automatically spits out academic citations in the perfect format while you’re writing a paper. It also stores the literature and references you find in a searchable, sortable external brain.

RefWorks is a tool that’s helpful for students and faculty alike, and for writing everything from a blog entry to an entire book.

RefWorks is a web-based citation software and bibliographic management tool that can be used from any location with Internet access. RefWorks allows you to create your own personal database and import, organize, manage, share and format references quickly and easily. It allows you to search the full text of any PDFs that you add, and its new organizational folder system makes it simple to go back and find the source of your most important literature findings.

RefWorks is available free of charge to TCNJ students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Access it here.

RefWorks help videos

Learning to use RefWorks

Get started with the self-guided lessons in this worksheet.


Explore some of the other materials on the Video and handouts page of this guide


If you are part of a group of people using RefWorks (e.g., for a project or for a class), consider requesting a training session. Send an email to: We can set up a small-group training at a time that's convenient for you!