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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).

A new version of RefWorks was released in 2016, requiring all users to create a new account (on the new platform) and migrate their references from the old system. If you have not done this, please follow the instructions in the "Migrating from legacy RefWorks to the new RefWorks" box below.


Sign in to RefWorks

If you would like training or assistance with RefWorks, please contact Amy Fry.

Signing up for RefWorks with a BGSU email address

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 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 users who signed up for RefWorks prior to 2016 and have not migrated:

Create an account in the new RefWorks using one of the methods described to the left. Then click on the plus sign in the new RefWorks interface and choose the "Import references" option. The system will then walk you through an import of everything saved to your old RefWorks account.

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.