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Accessing RefWorks

Create a personal account in RefWorks from on or off campus. 

If you using RefWorks off-campus and require the group code, please contact theResearch and Information Desk.

Get to RefWorks from the library's home page, under "Search & Find." Then click on "Sign up for a New Account" to create a login and password.

Welcome to RefWorks!

RefWorks is an online citation management system subscribed to by  BGSU Libraries. Use it to save the citations for books, articles, websites, and more to a personal account and easily create notes and bibliographies for your research papers.

RefWorks allows you to:

  • Import citations from databases like EBSCO, JSTOR, and Lexis Nexis.
  • Save them into folders by subject, project or class.
  • Format them into bibliographies in MLA, APA, Chicago Style, and more.

You can also import citations from EndNote or enter them manually. RefWorks saves links to your research materials online so you can access them from anywhere.

This guide offers answers to FAQs on:

Helpful Links

These websites can help you use RefWorks or get additional training.

Group Code

Off-campus users can look up the BGSU Group Code in MyBGSU.

General FAQs

Is there a limit to how many citations I can save?

Is there a limit to the data I can save as notes, abstracts and attachments?
1 gigabyte is the initial limit, but contact Amy Fry if you need more space.

Can I access RefWorks off campus?
If you using RefWorks off-campus and require the group code, please contact the Research and Information Desk.

Get to RefWorks from the library's home page.


Can I open two accounts in RefWorks at the same time?

Can a RefWorks account be shared by a group?
Yes. An individual may create more than one account using the same email address, but with different usernames and passwords for each account. This can be useful when working on group projects. The username and password can be shared with other members of the group for one of the accounts. Each member can then log in to that RefWorks account to add, organize, or delete information. During the process, each group member can utilize the bibliographic resources from the group folder and then use RefWorks to format the bibliography according to the preferred style.

How do I back up my citations?
Select the Backup/Restore link under the References menu. Select Include References and/or RSS Feeds (under backup). Click on Perform Backup. Save the file when prompted. It should be saved as a .zip file. Please do not change the extension of the file as this file, as is, is necessary to perform a restore if you need to do so later. Although RefWorks backs up all databases on a regular basis, we recommend users do this as well. You may also export your references to a text file as a backup measure by choosing Export under the References menu.

Will I be able to use RefWorks after leaving BGSU?
Yes. The Library's RefWorks subscription includes lifelong access for BGSU alumni at no extra charge. As long as the Library subscribes to RefWorks, alumni will be able to log in using the BGSU Group Code. Click here for more information about the RefWorks Alumni Program.