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RefWorks Guide

RefWorks Add-Ons

You can create citations in RefWorks and add them while working on your document using a RefWorks add-on. In addition, the add-ons enable you to delete, add, restyle, and manage the citations in your document. 

Save to RefWorks is a browser integration tool that allows you to add references to your RefWorks account directly from your web browser.

Save to RefWorks

Use the Save to RefWorks browser tool to add references and full-text to RefWorks from websites other than library databases. 

Install Save to RefWorks:

  1. Ensure that your browser's favorites toolbar is currently visible in your browser.
  2. In RefWorks, select "Tools" > "Tools" 
  3. Select Install Save to RefWorks
  4. Drag and drop the Save to RefWorks add-on to your browser's favorites toolbar
  5. Click anywhere on the page to close the dialog box

If you experience any problems, you can manually install Save to RefWorks.

Microsoft Word 

RefWorks offers an add-in for Microsoft Word called Reference Citation Manager that allows you to place any citation from your RefWorks account into a Word document. It also creates and automatically updates a bibliography or works cited page. You can see the following guidelines under "Tools >Tools" in RefWorks. 

For Macs and Windows with Word 

Install Reference Citation Manager from the Microsoft Store in Word:

  1. Open Word and click "Insert" > "Add-ins" > "Get Add-ins"
  2. In the Office Ad-ins store, search for "RefWorks"
  3. Click on "RefWorks Citation Manager" then "Continue" in the box that pops up 
  4. The RefWorks Citation Manager will launch within Word, and a panel will slide out from the right side of your document; login using your RefWorks login info. See important note below. 

At the end of 2024, Write-N-Cite will no longer be supported. If you have been using Write-N-Cite, see Write-N-Cite to RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) Migration to upgrade. 


RefWorks only works with the locally installed version of Microsoft Word. It will not work with the cloud version.

To install Word locally, download Microsoft Office 365 for free from the USF eStore
 

NOTE: 

  • If you do not already have a RefWorks account password, an alternate password is required to log in to Reference Citation Manager in Microsoft Word. To create an alternate password, in RefWorks, from the user menu at the top right select "Settings," and enter an alternate password. Sign in to Reference Citation Manager in Word with your USF email and this alternate password. 
  • If you have an existing RefWorks password, use your USF email address and RefWorks password to sign in to RefWorks Citation Manager in Microsoft Word.

Google Docs

RefWorks offers a Reference Citation Manager add-on for Google Docs that allows you to place any citation from your RefWorks account into a Google document. It also creates and automatically updates a bibliography or works cited page. Note: add-ons are not available via the Google Docs app on iPad or iPhone; they are only available when using Google Docs in a browser on a computer.

You are not able to download this add-on from the RefWorks site. You can, however, download and install this add-on directly from the G Suite Marketplace. The easiest way to do this:

  • Navigate to Google Docs
  • If you are not already logged into your USFCA account, sign in with your myUSF credentials
  • Start a new document
  • Go to "Extensions" in the top menu and select "Add-ons" then "Get Add-ons"
  • Search for "RefWorks Citation Manager"
  • Click "Install" and follow the instructions
  • Under "Extensions" in the top menu, you should see and be able to select the RefWorks Citation Manager extension


NOTE: 

  • Reference Citation Manager is an upgraded version of the ProQuest RefWorks add-on. ProQuest RefWorks continues to work, however, we advise you choose one version and stick with it to prevent synching issues.  
  • If you do not already have a  RefWorks password, an alternate password is required to log in to Reference Citation Manager in Google Docs. To create an alternate password, in RefWorks, from the user menu at the top right select "Settings," and enter an alternate password. Sign in to Reference Citation Manager in Google Docs with your USF email and this alternate password. 
  • If you have an existing RefWorks password, use your USF email address and RefWorks password to sign in to RefWorks Citation Manager in Google Docs.

Add-Ons Documentation

If you need assistance, you can either review RefWorks add-ons documenation or review the options for RefWorks support.

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