What Is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Before we even get into all the things you can do with RefWorks -- we want to let you know that we have a variety of resources available to help you -- should you need it:

RefWorks User Support includes:

Now that you know where to go for help, let's get back to the main topic -- What Is RefWorks?

As we mentioned earlier, RefWorks is your personal database that allows you to store reference information and use that information to create a paper with in-text citations and a bibliography (or footnotes and endnotes).  That's not all RefWorks can do (and you'll have to read more of the help file and look at the other support materials above to learn more), but it's what we're going to focus on in this section.

To get started using RefWorks, there are a few things you'll want to focus on first: