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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks gives you a place online to save pdfs and citations you find while doing research. It also has tools to format papers and bibliographies in a wide variety of citation styles (MLA, APA, and more).

In 2016, all users must migrate to the new version of RefWorks. In order to migrate, all users must create an account in the new version. Current RefWorks users can then import references from their existing (legacy) RefWorks accounts into the new RefWorks. New and old accounts are not linked. 


Sign in to legacy RefWorks
Choose this if you created your RefWorks account prior to Fall 2016 and are currently formatting a document using WriteNCite

Sign in to new RefWorks
Choose this if you are new to RefWorks in fall 2016 or have already migrated a previous account

Sign up for a workshop on using RefWorks and WriteNCite (including migrating current RefWorks accounts):

  • Thursday, August 25, 4:30-5:20, Jerome Library Learning Commons
  • Friday, September 2, 10:30-11:20, Jerome Library Learning Commons
  • Thursday, September 8, 10:00-10:50, Jerome Library Learning Commons
  • Friday, September 23, 3:30-4:20, Jerome Library Learning Commons
  • Friday, October 14, 4:30-5:20, Jerome Library Learning Commons

Please sign up. All workshops will be held in the large group room in the Learning Commons on the first floor of Jerome Library. If you would like training or assistance with RefWorks and cannot attend a workshop, please contact Amy Fry and we can set up a time to meet one-on-one.

Signing up for the new RefWorks with BGSU email

If you want to sign up/migrate using your BGSU email address:

  1. Go to http://refworks.proquest.com/signup
  2. Enter your BGSU email address
  3. You will be asked to enter a password to create a new account*
  4. An activation email will be sent - click on the link in the email
  5. You will be taken to your new RefWorks account and asked to fill out some basic information

*If you already have a RefWorks 3 account, you will be asked if you want to log in to your existing account

Signing up for the new RefWorks with another email

If you want to sign up/migrate using a non-BGSU email address (gmail, yahoo, etc.):

  1. Go to http://refworks.proquest.com/signup/bowlinggreenstateuniversity
  2. If you are OFF CAMPUS, you will need to enter an access code. You can get this by logging in to MyBGSU and going to "Libraries" under Students (or Faculty). The code will appear on the left side of the page.
  3. Enter the email address you'd like to use with RefWorks
  4. You will be asked to enter a password to create a new account
  5. An activation email will be sent - click on the link in the email
  6. You will be taken to your new RefWorks account and asked to fill out some basic information

Migrating from legacy RefWorks to the new RefWorks

For existing RefWorks users only:

After you have created an account in the new RefWorks (remember, ALL USERS MUST CREATE a new RefWorks account), you can easily import citations from any existing RefWorks account(s).

You can import references from multiple accounts and you can repeat this action as many times as you need to in order to import all your references before you stop using the old RefWorks.

When should I migrate to RefWorks 3?

When should you migrate to RefWorks 3?

 

If you are actively formatting a document using Write N Cite, you should keep using RefWorks 2 until you have finished formatting that document.

You can still create your account in RefWorks 3 and start importing citations into it at any time, but Write N Cite documents are only compatible with the version of RefWorks you were using when you created them.