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Bethel University Library

RefWorks (Citation Manager) (Old Version): Home

Just about everything you can think to ask about using RefWorks effectively is right here, with images and instructions.

What is RefWorks?

A web-based citation and bibliography manager that allows you to create your own personal database of references/citations by importing them from online indexes/databases or text files.

RefWorks Logo

  • Each person needs to set up an individual account to use it
  • Click on the Account Set-up tab for more information

Pop-ups Heads Up!

RefWorks makes use of pop-ups for some of its functions. 

Therefore, you will need to either:

  • Tell your browser to allow pop-ups from


  • Disable your pop-up blocker while you are using RefWorks

Jack in the box

RefWorks has a new version!

ATTENTION:  The Bethel Libraries will be switching
to the new RefWorks on June 1st!

You are encouraged to transition to the new RefWorks at your earliest convenience.

Check out the new RefWorks instructional guide for assistance!

New RefWorks Logo

How do I access RefWorks?

Here are a couple of ways to access RefWorks:

  • Via this link:  RefWorks Logo
  • Via the Bethel Libraries web page
    • Library Accounts > RefWorks > Log in to RefWorks
    • Find Something Specific > Citing > RefWorks logo

What are the advantages of using RefWorks?

  • It keeps your research more organized by allowing you to store in one place all of the citations you have gathered from various online indexes/databases
  • It provides links back to articles that are full-text in one of the online indexes/databases to which the Bethel Libraries subscribe
  • It allows you to attach PDFs of articles to the citations stored in RefWorks
    (Great way to store articles requested from other libraries through interlibrary loan!)
  • It allows you to create bibliographies/reference lists in a selected citation style (e.g., APA)
  • If you use the companion program, Write-N-Cite, it will format your in-text citations as well as your reference list

NOTE:  Although RefWorks is a great program, it is not perfect.  Therefore, when using RefWorks to create a bibliography/reference list, be aware that some editing may be needed after it has been saved as a Word document.

Questions about this guide?

Contact:                                                 Blue Question Mark

Earleen Warner
Research & Instruction Librarian
Bethel University Library