Creating Your Account

RefWorks offers two types of accounts (or subscriptions):

The main difference between the two types of subscriptions is how you create the account and where you log-in.  

Individual subscribers may set up an account by going to from any internet-connected computer and by clicking on Sign up for a New Account link.  Then select I want to create a 30 day trial and complete the required information.

Creating Your Account As Part Of An Organization-Wide Subscription:

Note:  It's best when you create your account that you are on-site at your Organization (on an IP-authenticated computer) or logged in to the Organization's network through a VPN or proxy server.    

  1. Open your browser and go to Note:  Your login URL may be different.

  2. Click the Sign up for a New Account link.

  3. If you are off-campus or outside the IP range, you will need the RefWorks Group Code to complete the registration process.  See your librarian for the group code.

  4. Complete Step 1 and Step 2.

Note:  When creating your Login Name, please do not use the following characters:

* Asterisk

< >[ ] Brackets

= Equal sign

+ Plus sign

" Quotes

\ / Slashes

, . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

  1. Click Create Account.

    You will receive an email confirmation for your records.

After you click on create account, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references.  You can learn more about getting references into your account by clicking here.

Also, you can modify your login name, email address, password or other information by selecting Update Profile from the option bar in the upper right-hand corner of your account.  You may also create a read-only password in the Update Profile area.


Some organizations use proxy servers or VPNs (instead of group codes) to allow access from off-site.  Please contact your librarian for information on logging into the proxy server or VPN.  Some organizations may also use an authentication system like Shibboleth or Open Athens for account creation and logging in.  Please contact your librarian for assistance.