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RefWorks (Citation Manager)

How do I set up a RefWorks account?

RefWorks logo

  • Click on the RefWorks access link via this guide OR via the Bethel University Library's webpage under Library Accounts
  • When the RefWorks sign in page appears, click on Create account
  • When the Start using RefWorks page appears, enter your Bethel email address, and click on Check
  • When the Good news! RefWorks is available at Bethel University page appears, enter a password (must be at least 6 characters)
  • Click on Sign Up
  • An activation email will be sent to your email address
    • Click on the activation link to confirm your new RefWorks account
  • When the Welcome to RefWorks page appears:
    • Fill in your name
    • Select the area of Bethel University with which you are affiliated
    • Select your role
    • Click on Next
  • You have the option of watching a short Save to RefWorks tutorial by clicking on Next, or of clicking on Skip Tutorial
    • If you have chosen to view the tutorial, keep clicking on Next until you reach the end; then click on Done
  • When RefWorks opens, it will show you a tip in a blue window.  You may do as the tip suggests, or close the window by clicking on the X in the upper right corner of the window.
  • You will receive a follow-up email from RefWorks that will provide answers to the following questions:
    • How do I import citations from my old reference manager?
    • How do I save full-text documents or citations to RefWorks?
    • I write in Word / Google Docs - Can RefWorks help me cite or create a bibliography?

RefWorks Account Set-up Video

What if I already have a legacy RefWorks account?

  • Set up a new RefWorks account
  • When you receive the follow-up email from RefWorks, look for the following section:

1. How do I import citations from my old reference manager?

With a single click you can import your references directly from Mendeley and other versions of RefWorks. In Zotero, EndNote, and other reference managers, just create an RIS file, save it to your desktop, and then upload it to RefWorks.

  • Click on the import your references directly link in that section, and follow the instructions provided to import your references from your legacy RefWorks account into your new RefWorks account
  • Your references, file attachments, folders, and custom output styles will automatically be moved into your new RefWorks account.  Shared folders will need to be re-shared in the new RefWorks.

What if I forget my password?

After you enter your email address on the RefWorks sign in page, you will be brought to the page where you would enter your password. 

  • Click on the link:  Forgot your password?


  • Enter your email address
  • Click on Continue
  • An email will be sent to you that will give you the opportunity to reset your password