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RefWorks: Get Started: Get Started

RefWorks is a citation manager that is free for UNC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Find out how to start using RefWorks to cite your papers and projects.

What is RefWorks?

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Login to RefWorks

Access your free RefWorks account with UNC-CH.

New to RefWorks? Go to the login page and click "Sign up for a New Account."

RefWorks is a reference management system where you can:

  1. Collect citations
  2. Manage citations, by folder or a searchable database
  3. Cite using proper formatting in a variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, AMA, Vancouver, etc)
  4. Share research with colleagues

You download citations from the web and store them in your online RefWorks account. Then when you want to write your manuscript, you can use their Write-N-Cite Word Add-on to insert properly formatted citations and a bibliography. Since RefWorks is accessible from the web, it can be used from any computer connected to the internet.

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We at the Health Sciences Library provide full support for RefWorks, so if you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation on RefWorks, we are here to help via chat, email, or phone (919-962-0800).

We also regularly have RefWorks classes if you would like a live person instructing you. Check out our upcoming classes on our classes page.

Prefer a video tutorial?

RefWorks has excellent tutorials in video form on YouTube. Check out their YouTube page for a full listing of their training materials.