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Open a RefWorks Account

How Augsburg students, faculty, and staff members can take advantage of Lindell Library's subscription to the RefWorks bibliographic database

What Is RefWorks?

RefWorks logo

What is RefWorks? RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Lindell Library subscribes to it, so it is free to Augsburg faculty, staff, and students.

Why should you use RefWorks?

  • With one click, you can generate bibliographies in any citation style, such as APA or MLA
  • As you research, you can create and organize your own personal database of references
  • You can import your references directly from databases, journals or the library catalog
  • For group projects, you can collaborate with others by sharing your RefWorks folder of references

How does RefWorks compare to other citation tools?

Similar tools to RefWorks include EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. The University of Illinois library has compiled a handy list of comparison features, which you can see here.

RefWorks Instructions Handout

How to Set Up a RefWorks Account

1. Go to the main library web page


2. Find “RefWorks” in the green box and click on it

green box on library webpage with RefWorks circled


3. This takes you to the RefWorks login page. Click on Create account

RefWorks box with Create Account circled

(Even though ‘Use login from my institution’ is more prominent, and seems more logical, ignore it.)


4. Enter your Augsburg email and hit Check, then follow the directions to set up your account

RefWorks Available at Augsburg box with Sign Up circled


  • The password you choose can be the same as your AugNet password, but it is not tied to your Augsburg ID — you will need to remember it on your own
  • When you hit Sign Up, RefWorks sends a message to your Augsburg e-mail address; go there to access the link to finish your sign-up
  • You will need to choose your Augsburg status (such as “Graduate Student”) and your department from dropdown lists


5. Eventually, you will be led to your brand-new RefWorks page

Create a folder and start filling it with research!

What to Do with RefWorks Once You Have It

Go to our guide on how to save references to RefWorks for tips and tricks on using this tool — including how to disable the popup blocker that is sometimes a problem.


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