RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create a personal, searchable database of citations. These citations can be formatted into your Microsoft Word documents as footnotes or a custom bibliography.

Because it is entirely web-based (i.e. the bibliographic records reside on the web, not on your computer), it gives you access to your bibliographies from Mac, PC, or UNIX, as long as it’s connected to the Internet. To be safe, be sure to back up files. RefWorks also offers a mobile platform.

Stanford Libraries maintains a site license to RefWorks.   All you need is your Stanford email to create your  RefWorks account. For more information see the Quick Start Guide or the more in-depth RefWorks tutorial.

If you forget your login information or group code follow these steps:

  • Use the "Forgot Your Login Information" link on the Logon to Your RefWorks Account page. 
  • Enter your email address and an email will be sent to you to restablish your credentials.
  • The email will include the subscriber group code and your personal logon name along with the option to re-set your password.

Documentation and tutorials:

Additional help is available directly from RefWorks via  email or phone  775-327-4105