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RefWorks: Help

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


Frequently Asked Questions

  • The group code is not needed anymore. It was previously required for configuring Write-N-Cite or for logging in to RefWorks from off-campus.

    SFU Group CodeRWSimonFraserU
    Note: The code is case-sensitive and is for SFU users only.
  • APA style and other citation styles require page numbers in in-text citations. 

    To insert page numbers to your in-text citations using Write-N-Cite, click Insert Citation and select the source. Then, in the Suffix field, add the page number. For instance, in the Suffix text box you would enter "[comma][space]p. 56". This will retain the page number and proper formatting in the in-text citation.

  • Most reference management tools (e.g. Mendeley, Zotero) store your data on non-Canadian servers, which means your account information may be subject to US laws, specifically the US Patriot Act.  This act allows US authorities to have access to your personal information.  If you are concerned that your personal information is stored outside Canada, do not use these services. The SFU Library has been unable to identify any citation management products that store data exclusively on Canadian servers. 

    To protect your privacy and avoid exposure to the US Patriot Act, you may consider using a citation management tool that works offline. For example, the following tools can be downloaded to your computer and used offline exclusively: 

    We are not able to guarantee the privacy of these tools, and your use of them is at your own risk.  Please note that most of these tools also have online functionality, and using any online features - even briefly - will affect the privacy of your data. Also, note that using citation management software offline may reduce its functionality (e.g. you can't use the web importer tool).  

    For information about citation management tools supported by SFU Library, go to Referencing and Citation Management Software.


RefWorks and Write-N-Cite FAQs by Scholars Portal