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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 all students, staff, and faculty. RefWorks helps you to organize and manage the references you consult during the research process as well as cite those references within your work. RefWorks supports hundreds of online databases and 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 used to support your research. Citations can also be used to help locate particular sources and combat plagiarism. Citations typically include information like 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. Search for "RefWorks" tab from the libraries' "One Search."​Search for "RefWorks" from the library's OneSearch.
  3. Select the "RefWorks" database result from the result list.Select the "RefWorks" database result.
  4. Log in with your CougarNet account and Password.​Log in with your CougarNet account and Password.​

How Do I Create An Account?

  1. Visit the RefWorks homepage at
  2. On the home page, click the link that says "Create Account." On the home page, click the link that says "Login with your institution's credentials.
  3. Enter your UH email address and click "Check."
    • Note: You cannot sign up for RefWorks using Yahoo Mail, Gmail, or other email account.
  4. Enter a password of your choice and click "Sign Up."
  5. Once you activate your account you'll receive an email with a link to complete the registration process.

Interface Overview

Screenshot of the RefWorks online interface.