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RefWorks: Home (Legacy RefWorks)

Accessing RefWorks

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

If you are using RefWorks from off-campus and require the group code, please contact the Research and Information Desk or look it up in MyBGSU.

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.

RefWorks Legacy Login pointing to signing up for a new account

Welcome to RefWorks!

RefWorks (Legacy)
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?

Can I create a new RefWorks account from off campus?
You can, but you may need to look up the BGSU access code. Log in to MyBGSU and go to Libraries under Students (or Faculty). You will find the RefWorks access code in the left hand column.

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 use the bibliographic resources from the group folder and then use RefWorks to format the bibliography according to the preferred style.

Alternately, you can create a folder in RefWorks and then share it with other RefWorks users, and all of you can access and modify the citations in the folder from your individual RefWorks accounts.

How do I back up my citations?
You can export your references to a text file as a backup measure by choosing the Export option.

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 to their RefWorks accounts, though you may need to change your email address in your profile if your login is your BGSU email address (which will no longer be available to you after you graduate). Visit the RefWorks Alumni Program page for more information.