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RefWorks 2.0 Guide: How to Use RefWorks at Case: Home

Information on getting started using RefWorks at Case Western Reserve University

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What is RefWorks?

Before you use RefWorks it helps to understand what it is and how it works.

RefWorks is an online system where you can store references and citations in preparation of writing a paper or doing a presentation. RefWorks uses a system of folders to organize your citations. You can create as many folders as needed, move citations between folders, and rename or delete folders. The 3 main features of RefWorks are:

  • storing & organizing your citations
  • creating correctly formatted bibliographies
  • creating in-text references

Why should you use RefWorks?

  1. It's free to all students and employees of Case Western Reserve University
  2. It's simple to use- yet very powerful
  3. Access and manage your information online from any browser
  4. It stores your citations in the cloud so you can access them anywhere you have internet access.
  5. RefWorks is available in several language interfaces
  6. Your RefWorks account remains active upon your graduation, allowing for life-long access.


Yuening Zhang
Kelvin Smith Library 201-G