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RefWorks: Getting Started


Access to SFU RefWorks accounts will cease within the next year, on December 31st, 2017
Please see our 
migration guides for more information. 

1. Register for an account.

  • Go to RefWorks. Click Connect and login.
  • Click Sign Up for a New Account and fill in the required fields.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your user name and password details. 

2. Install Write-N-Cite on your computer.

Write-N-Cite is a plugin for MS Word that syncs with your RefWorks account, and formats your in-text citations and automatically generates a bibliography

  • Login to your RefWorks account 
  • Go to Tools > Write-N-Cite
  • Click the link for the version of Write-N-Cite you wish to install and follow your computer's instructions to complete the installation.

3. Get references into your account.

a) Export citations directly from library databasesInstructions for importing citations

b) Bring references from other citation management software into RefWorks​: Instructions for exporting from EndNote, Zotero and other reference management tools

c) Use RefGrab-It. RefGrab-It is a bookmarklet/plugin that you can add to your web browser so that you import citations you find online to your RefWorks library: Instructions for using RefGrab-It