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What is Refworks?

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool that helps you share and organize citations as well as quickly generate bibliographies and insert citations into papers.

If you've got an ongoing interest that you want to keep up with, even just for one semester, RefWorks can streamline your workflow by keeping all your references together, then letting you generate bibliographies from the citations you select.  Publication information can be input manually or imported from many of the library databases. 

If you would like help figuring out whether it is possible to export to Refworks from a database not listed here, don't hesitate to ask!

Getting started with RefWorks

RefWorks is licensed by University of Southern Maine for use by its students, faculty, and staff.  To use RefWorks you will need to register for a personal account, which you can do here. The Group Code is required to set up an account. Please call 780-4272 (Portland) or 780-5345 (Gorham) or 753-6540 (Lewiston) and ask for the RefWorks group code.

Once you have created your account, it is easy to move references from most of the USM Libraries' bibliographic databases into your personal RefWorks database through a process called Direct Export.

The exact terminology, arrangement of links, etc. will vary from one database to another, but the general procedure is to:

  1. Identify and mark/select those items you want to add to your RefWorks account.
  2. Look for some kind of link for Exporting records, specifically for doing a Direct Export to RefWorks.
  3. Followthe on-screen instructions. If you are already logged into RefWorks, the records will automatically be added to RefWorks' "Last Imported" folder. If you're not logged in, you will be prompted to do.

Refworks Tutorials

Click here to access a series of step-by-step tutorials