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 backup files. RefWorks also offers a mobile platform.

Stanford Libraries maintains a site license to RefWorks.   To get started use your Stanford email to create your RefWorks account.  For more information see the RefWorks LibGuide or view a RefWorks video tutorial.

Documentation and tutorials:

Additional help is available directly from RefWorks via  email or phone toll free: 800-521-0600, ext. 7440 or direct 734-997-4440

New version of RefWorks: Initial release

The initial release of a "new" RefWorks platform became available on January 18, 2016. The current (legacy) RefWorks platform is unaffected: new accounts may be created and existing RefWorks accounts remain unchanged. The new RefWorks is expected to receive updates throughout 2016 which will add current (legacy) RefWorks features now lacking in the new RefWorks, i.e. ability to attach image files, ability to attach multiple files to a record, ability to display the interface in non-English languages, etc. The legacy RefWorks platform is expected to retire in January 2018.

To explore the new RefWorks, use your Stanford email to create your new RefWorks login. You will have the option to import references from a legacy RefWorks account, both during the new account set-up as well as anytime from within the new account. Importing references into the new platform will not affect your current (legacy) RefWorks account.

The new RefWorks was originally called Flow. All previously-created Flow accounts exist on the new RefWorks platform. To access your Flow references, use your Flow login and password on the new RefWorks platform. A user guide (pdf) for a smoother transition from Flow to the new RefWorks is available.