RefWorks: Time-Saving Citation Tool

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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You’ve done the research, you’ve written the paper, now it’s time to create your reference list.  Managing a list of references or citations for a written project can be a frustrating and lengthy process.  Instead of going back to trace all the sources you used in your paper, by using a citation tool you can manage your bibliographic information while you research.  This can save you a lot of time, and keeps your citations organized and accessible.  As a student, faculty or staff member of Viterbo, you have access to a robust citation manager called RefWorks. By creating a free RefWorks account, you can save citations as you go, directly from library databases, book catalogs, websites, videos, and more.

RefWorks allows you to import citations into a personal account, then organize them into folders, and create bibliographies.  You can also create your own citations, for things such as artwork or personal interviews.  One of the great things about RefWorks is that there is no limit to how many citations you can save.  You can also attach full-text to the citations.  For example, you could add a citation for an article to your RefWorks account and attach a PDF of the article.  In addition, RefWorks enables you to create in-text citations in your research papers.  

You can find RefWorks under the Research arrow on the library homepage. To see how to save a citation for an article from a library database to RefWorks, see the attached instructions.  For more information, visit ProQuest’s training guide at, or contact the library.