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A step-by-step guide to using RefWorks

RefWorks Announcement

After careful consideration of cost and the development of alternative open access tools, we have decided that we will be discontinuing RefWorks for the BC community. RefWorks will continue to be available until June 30, 2022 while we help users migrate to other tools.

If you are a current RefWorks user, we encourage you to explore other options and migrate any sources you would like to keep. Library staff are happy to assist you in this migration and to answer questions. Please Ask Us. Also see our instructions for Migrating from RefWorks to Zotero

Legacy and New RefWorks logos

About RefWorks

Boston College students, faculty, staff and alumni can use either Legacy RefWorks or New (ProQuest) RefWorks to:

  • import references from databases, web sites, or other citation managers
  • organize your references into folders and share folders
  • insert references in any format into your research paper
  • create a bibliography

To begin using RefWorks, create a new account through either the Legacy or New login link. You can also migrate existing records in Legacy RefWorks to New RefWorks by logging into your Legacy RefWorks account and clicking the  "Move to the newest version of RefWorks from ProQuest" link in the far top left corner of the screen.

For more information, visit the full Old/Legacy RefWorks or New Refworks guides.

For assistance, e-mail a librarian or call the O'Neill Reference Desk at 617-552-4472.

Create account in New RefWorks

Logo of ProQuest (New) RefWorks

To create an account:

Create account in Legacy RefWorks

Legacy RefWorks logo

On the Legacy RefWorks login page, click "Sign up for a New Account."

Use any email address, choose a username and password, and follow instructions. In Legacy RefWorks, you can sign up for multiple accounts. Keep in mind, however, that multiple accounts may complicate your eventual migration to New RefWorks.

Citation Management (4:47)

This video will explain why it’s a good idea to use a citation management tool, and introduce you to the basic functions of Zotero. For links to style guides and more, see our Citation Guide.

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Citation Manager Help

Chris Strauber
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Steve Runge
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Enid Karr
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Enid Karr
O'Neill Library
Boston College

Citation Tools