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About RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based tool for storing and managing bibliographic references.

Connect to RefWorks

You can:

  • Copy references from the Library catalogue and many Library databases into your RefWorks Account.
  • View the complete list of databases compatible with RefWorks.
  • Drag documents into your RefWorks account and edit and annotate them.
  • Set up a RefWorks account that is accessible from anywhere with Internet access.
  • Create a personal database of your references.
  • Collaborate on group work.
  • Insert references into documents in your choice of citation style.

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Accessing RefWorks

Create an individual RefWorks account

  1. Either click the Connect to RefWorks link above
  2. From the Library databases list, locate RefWorks and click Connect.
  3. Click Create Account.
  4. Use your university email address to create your account.

You can now use your account to build up your personal database of references.


Use Write-N-Cite to insert in-text citations and create a reference list in Microsoft Word.

Install Write-N-Cite

  • Log in to your RefWorks account.
  • Click the symbol within RefWorks, then click Tools.
  • Scroll down to the section titled 'Cite in Microsoft Word' and select the appropriate version of Write-N-Cite to download and install.

Staff and postgraduates

If you use a University computer you can install Write-N-Cite as follows:

Save to RefWorks

Use "Save to RefWorks" to export bibliographic information from web pages.

Install Save to RefWorks

  • Log in to your RefWorks account.
  • Click the symbol within RefWorks, then click Tools.
  • Click Install Save to RefWorks.
  • Drag the "Save to RefWorks" button to your browser's toolbar.
  • The bookmarklet should appear in your browser toolbar.

Cite in Google Docs

Use the Google Docs add-on to insert and edit citations from your RefWorks library into Google Docs and create a bibliography.

Install the Google Docs add-on

  • Log in to your RefWorks account.
  • Click the symbol within RefWorks, then click Tools.
  • Click Get the Addon and follow instructions.
  • The add-on will be available from the Add-ons menu in Google docs.

Group Code

If you are asked for a Group Code when accessing RefWorks, enter RWUnivAuckland

Guides and videos

University of Auckland RefWorks guides

Official RefWorks guides


  • Official RefWorks training videos.
    A series of useful short videos on the main tasks you will need to carry out.


RefWorks also provides webinars (online classes) in which students and staff can participate. You can register for a webinar from the training page of the RefWorks website.

Legacy and New RefWorks

If you are using an older version of RefWorks (Legacy RefWorks) and would like to transfer your references, these instructions will guide you.

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View Guides and videos to gain basic knowledge of the software.

RefWorks Support Centre

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  • There's a wealth of information about RefWorks out there.

Still can't find the answer to your question?

If you have a further question about RefWorks please use the official RefWorks support pages.

Support Centre queries are dealt with Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. You can expect a reply within 24 hours.

Submit a Help Form

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