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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Have an Account?

Log into RefWorks using the link below. You may want to bookmark it.

Log in to access RefWorks

  • Off-campus Access
    When you click on the button, you will be prompted for your eID and password. Then you will be passed to RefWorks to log into your account.

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Click on the link below to login and see the current Group Code.

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How Do I Set Up a RefWorks Account?

  1. Use the link on the left to log into RefWorks
  2. Select 'sign up for a new account'
  3. Follow the prompts


NOTE: You must use a VCU email account address - VCU, MCVH, Qatar. Other accounts will not work.


    What is RefWorks and How Will It Help Me?

    RefWorks is a Web-based tool that lets you move references (sources) into a single storage place. For example, you may have found sources in a number of databases such as VCU Libraries Search, Academic Search Complete, Google Scholar, ERIC, and PubMed. Moving them into RefWorks keeps all your research together.. If your classes require a lot of research-based writing, use RefWorks to organize the materials you find and to produce a list of references in the required style, e.g., APA, MLA, AMA, CSE, Chicago.


    RefWorks has many features to help organize sources:

    • tagging
    • folders (labels)
    • author search
    • descriptor (subject) search

    How Do I Put References into RefWorks?

    Most of our electronic products - databases, e-journals, e-books - will connect to RefWorks fairly easily. The tabs in this guide titled 'Exporting A-E', 'Exporting F-S', and 'Exporting T-Z' have the links to the instructions for exporting from specific databases into RefWorks. Before trying to move references into RefWorks, look at the lists to find the instructions for the resource you are using. Individual journal titles are not listed, but most journals will connect to RefWorks - look for a 'save citation' or 'export to bibliographic manager' or similar link.


      Keep Your Account Active

      To keep your account active while you are at VCU, be sure to log into your account at least once a year. Low use accounts may be removed without notice after one year of inactivity. Other accounts may be removed after two years of inactivity; owners who are still at VCU will be notified prior to removal.

      RefWorks Librarian

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      Marilyn Scott
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      James Branch Cabell Library
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      RefWorks Librarian

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      Jennifer McDaniel
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      Tompkins McCaw Library
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