RefWorks is a online tool that can import citations from databases and format them in various output styles for your research papers' bibliographies. It also has a Write-N-Cite function that helps you write your paper in Word, coordinating parenthetical notes, footnotes, and endnotes with your bibliography.
W&M Libraries currently use the legacy edition of RefWorks. A new iteration of RefWorks is in development, with plans for a summer 2018 release. We’ll post updates and provide plenty of lead time before migrating to the new iteration.
START: Go to the box below and review the Basic RefWorks handout.
NOTE: Always access RefWorks through Swem Library's home page or through a database that you've accessed through Swem Library's webpages: that will ensure that RefWorks recognizes your account.
RefMobile GROUP CODE: From a computer (either on campus or off campus), always access RefWorks through Swem Library's webpage or through a database that you've accessed through Swem Library's webpages.
However, if you're using RefMobile (see details below) and are prompted for the "William and Mary" group code, please contact Swem Library's Reference Desk at 757-221-3067. We are required by the RefWorks vendor to give out this RefMobile group code on an individual basis.
(Tip for Reference staff: this RefWorks RefMobile group code is stored in the security notebook and on the library wiki in the Reference section.)
Guides to RefWorks and Google Docs -- RefWorks LEGACY version (still being used at W&M Libraries):
Guides to RefWorks and Google Docs -- RefWorks NEW (2016-17) version (W&M Libraries still using LEGACY):
RefWorks and login problems: if, when you mark and choose to export citations from a database and then at the RefWorks login page choose “My Institution’s Credentials/Shibboleth,” but the W&M Central Authentication Service (CAS) screen isn’t appearing, here’s what RefWorks recommends (12/4/2015):
A. Browser cookie:
(1) Before searching databases, first log into RefWorks from the library's home page [ Bibliography Tool (RefWorks) ]. This apparently will “establish the browser cookie,” according to the RefWorks technician, that will – hopefully – make the process work better.
(2) Then log into databases and search, mark, and export.
B. Clearing cache/history. If the steps above don’t resolve the problem, try clearing the browser’s cache/history. Here’s are steps for Firefox (pulled from the web):
C. Another option is to allow all pop-ups:
In Firefox, click Tools (pull-down menu) --> Options --> Content --> then uncheck the Block Pop-Up Windows option.
PubMed's "Help" webpage that includes information on exporting citations to a bibliographic manager tool such as RefWorks.
To export citations into a reference management program such as EndNote, Reference Manager, and ProCite:
MIT's webpage that tells how to use RefWorks with LaTeX and BibTeX
Write-N-Cite lets you use your RefWorks list of references to place notes (parenthetical notes, footnotes, and endnotes) in your research paper. Below are the basic steps for using Write-N-Cite; see also the Write-N-Cite guides in the RefWorks and Write-N-Cite -- Handouts section above.
On all campus computers on which you log in:
ProQuest RefWorks libguide:
RefWorks FAQs about new version:
ProQuest's Support webpage about the new RefWorks: