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This guide introduces and discusses the RefWorks online citation management tool.

Intro to RefWorks

RefWorks is an online citation management, writing, and collaboration system that is offered free of charge by the UH Libraries to students, faculty, and staff. RefWorks helps you to organize the references you consult during the research process, and it supports hundreds of online databases and output (citation) styles covering a broad range of subject areas and disciplines.

Citation Management

A citation is a way of giving credit to individuals for their creative and intellectual works that you utilized to support your research. Citations can also be used to help locate particular sources and combat plagiarism. Typically, citations can include the author's name, date, title, journal title, or DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Wiggins, LaMonica, et. al. "LibGuides: Citation Styles." University of Pittsburgh Lib Guides. (accessed Mar 13, 2017).

There are thousands of ways to cite resources. These citation styles dictate the information required for a citation and how it should be ordered. The style you use will depend on your academic field and the requirements of the professor/journal for which you are writing:


Chart that describes MLA, APA, and Chicago citation styles.

How Do I Access RefWorks?

Access RefWorks at, or follow the instructions below to access RefWorks via the UH libraries' homepage.

  1. Visit the UH Libraries' homepage at
  2. Select the "Databases" tab from the libraries' "One Search."
  3. Type "RefWorks" in the search box and click "Search."
  4. Select the "RefWorks" result.

Screenshot displaying steps to access RefWorks online.


How Do I Create An Account?

Screenshot displaying steps to create an account for RefWorks online.         ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • Enter your account information when prompted (e-mail address, login name, and password).
  • Click "Next."
  • Enter your user information when prompted (name, area of focus/study, and user type).
  • Click "Create Account."