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Geography: RefWorks

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What is RefWorks?  A software that can save you time!

Quickly create a bibliography or list of references in any style you choose!

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool, which permits users to create personal citation databases by exporting citations from text files or online databases into RefWorks. Users can automatically format the citations by choosing a format style from a long list of styles (MLA, APA, ASA, Chicago, etc.) and then create a bibliography.

RefWorks is similar in function to other products such as EndNote, but differs in that personal citation databases are stored on the RefWorks server and can be accessed online through the Temple University Libraries webpage anywhere in the world.  If you are accessing RefWorks off campus, it is at this point you will be asked to type in your AccessNet ID and Password.

If you are using RefWorks for the first time, you will need to create an account. This is easily done by clicking on the words Sign up for an Individual Account, on the left side of the page; you will be asked to enter your  name and to create an ID and password. To learn how to use RefWorks and everything you can do with it, you should go through all the tutorials at least once. The tutorials are a list of short videos and are easy to use. After creating an account and going through the tutorials, you are ready to use RefWorks!

If you have any questions about using RefWorks, or encounter problems when using it, please contact me. You may sometimes be asked for a group code. If this happens, send me an email and I will send you the group code. My contact information is available on the left side of every page in this guide.

Gregory McKinney

RefWorks Getting Started Guide

RefWorks Quick Start Guide


Subject Specialist

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Gregory McKinney
Paley Library
Room: 221
1210 W. Polett Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-4581
Fax: 215-204-5201