RefWorks - Instructions
From Simmons Library Guides
Easily create bibliographies and maintain a database of citations.
It's a convenient, online place to store your research.
Create an Account
If it is your first time using RefWorks, you must register for an account:
- Click on Sign up for an individual account
- Fill in your information (name, login, password, etc.) and click Register
Note: If you are using RefWorks from a computer off campus, you will need to enter your Simmons username and password to access RefWorks. You will also be asked to Login using your Group Code. The Group Code for Simmons is RWSimmonsC.
Manage Your Citations
Before adding citations, create folders to manage your database. You can create folders for a class or for a specific assignment.
- Click on the New Folder button at the top of the page.
- Type in the name of your new folder then click on Create.
- Verify the new folder was created by clicking on the Folders tab. Your new folder name should appear in that list.
To Add Citations Manually
- Point to the References menu and then click on Add New.
- Select the citation style (i.e. APA) you would like to use with View fields used by This shows you the fields that you should use in this citation style.
- Choose a folder to add your reference to through Add to folder (See How to Manage Citations).
- Choose a Ref Type (i.e. Journal Article, Book).
- Choose a Source Type (e.g. Print or Electronic).
- Enter the relevant citation information from your resource.
- Click on Save Reference if you are finished or Save and Add New to continue manually entering other citations.
To Add Citations from the Library Catalog or Library Databases through Direct Export
- The Library Catalog allows you to export the citation information from items in the catalog in to RefWorks. When you are in the record you would like to export, click on the red Add to RefWorks and RefWorks will pop up in another window. Sign in and assign the item to a folder.
- Most Simmons Databases have a feature to export the citation information for articles and you should click on export directly to RefWorks and RefWorks will pop up in another window. Sign in and assign the item to a folder (See Managing Citations)
- See the video below for how to export citations from EBSCOhost databases:
- If the Direct Export feature is not available, you can import from a Saved File. Follow the instructions in the database to save your selected items as a text file. Click on References and Import within RefWorks. You will need to know the vendor for that database, which is usually located in the upper left corner (i.e. EBSCO, Proquest). As always, please ask a librarian if you need assistance.
To Add Citations from a Website using RefGrab-It
- RefGrab-It is a tool that you can download that captures some of the citation information from a website. It can be downloaded from RefWorks by pointing to Tools and then clicking on RefGrab-It. It can be downloaded as a bookmarklet that is stored in your browser. When you are on a website and click on the RefGrab-It bookmarklet, it opens RefWorks in a new window and imports the citation information that it can find on the website.
Create Your Bibliography
- Point to Bibliography and click on Create
- Select your Output Style (i.e. APA, MLA)
- Select a File Type (i.e. HTML, Word for Windows, Word for Mac)
- Choose a folder under References to Include and select a folder (otherwise your bibliography will contain all of your citations, not just the ones for this specific research project)
- Click on Create Bibliography
- Double check your bibliography using a citation style manual to ensure that everything looks right