Set up a new RefWorks Account


If you are off-campus when attempting to use either of the above logins, you may first be prompted to authenticate using your U of M Internet ID and password, then to log into your personal RefWorks account. If you're using Write-N-Cite from an off-campus location, you may need the U of M Group Code to log into your RefWorks account.

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager provided by the Libraries for all U of M- Twin Cities' faculty, students, and staff that allows you to:

  • Create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and article indexes or entering them using a template. Databases can be for you alone or a group
  • Upload and attach one or more files (PDF, image, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) to individual records in your account. There is a 5MB limit per attachment
  • Automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.)

Getting Started & Building Your Skills

Register for a RefWorks Workshop RefWorks Basics is a 60-minute session that covers the fundamentals of using RefWorks, including adding references to your personal RefWorks account, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting styles (e.g., MLA, APA, etc.) to generate customized bibliographies.

Introduction to RefWorks Online tutorial on Moodle

RefWorks Video Tutorials RefWorks tutorials are short introductions to get you started using RefWorks, as well as helping you to use many of their advanced features

Linking to Documents Stored in NetFiles (pdf)

Off-campus access: Use RefWorks U of M group code

Format a paper or bibliography

Manage your articles

Work collaboratively

RefWorks for Alumni

If you are no longer affiliated with the University of Minnesota but had an account while you were a student or faculty member, you can continue using RefWorks through the RefWorks Alumni Program.

Comparison of Citation Managers

Citation Management Tools Coordinators

Jody Kempf
Jim Beattie


Sign up for a workshop on citation managers


Find tutorials on organizing and citing research