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Health Sciences Library

Citation Management Tools


RefWorks is a web-based tool for reference management, writing, and collaboration. It includes features for gathering and organizing references, attaching and storing full-text documents, sharing projects with colleagues, and generating citations and bibliographies.

Legacy vs. New

In 2016, ProQuest launched a new version of RefWorks ("New RefWorks"). The old version ("Legacy RefWorks") is still operational. You can use whichever of the two that you prefer, however we recommend using New RefWorks if you are creating a RefWorks account for the first time; New RefWorks is the version on which this guide will focus.

Visit the New RefWorks portal to register for a RefWorks account:

Click "Create account" and follow the instructions provided.

You must use your e-mail address to register!

Visit the Legacy vs. New RefWorks section of this guide to learn more about the differences between the two versions, and how to migrate your Legacy RefWorks account to New RefWorks.

Additional RefWorks Resources

For more RefWorks training tools, or help with any question not covered by this guide, try the following:


This guided module will walk you through the step-by-step process of creating a new RefWorks account and some of the basic functionality of the product. This module will present you with a block of text instructions on the left hand side of the screen and a live screen view of RefWorks on the right when possible. This setup will allow you to work through the various aspects of RefWorks at your own pace. 

The following tutorial provides a brief introduction to the New RefWorks system, including an overview of system navigation, creating and sharing folders, creating a bibliography, and tagging references.

Please note: This tutorial is only available for OSU patrons, and you must first log in to Mediasite to view the video.

Viewing Tip: If the image is too small, hover your cursor over the video and select the Picture in Picture option.  This will open the video in a second window where you can adjust the size.

Video created by Kerry Dhakal, The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library.