Citation management made easy

What is RefWorks? How do I set up a user account?

RefWorks is a web-based citation management system that enables users to:

  • retrieve and import bibliographic data from books, journals, and sources on the internet including online databases
  • manage citations by areas of interest and research
  • create and format bibliographies as well as embed references in research papers, articles, theses and other research publications in a range of formats (incl. MLA, Standop/Meyer)
  • share bibliographic data and collaborate online with other users

User data is stored on a central server operated by RefWorks, allowing users to access their data both on and off campus. This web-based service provides maximum flexibility and anytime, anywhere access.

Please visit to get your personal access code for RefWorks.

  • Click on the "Create user account" button ("Für ein neues Nutzerkonto registrieren") at the left of the log-in window.
  • Enter your name, login name, password and email address.
    Please note: You must use a computer connected to the university network to register for this service. Users are free to select a login name and password of their choice.
  • Click on [REGISTER].
  • If your registration is successful, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the group code for remote access.

Collaborate with RefWorks

Individual users can create multiple identities – each with a unique login name and password – from a single e-mail account. This is particularly useful for researchers working on collaborative projects, and enables users to access a shared account using a single login and password. Each member of the research team will be able to log on, add, delete and reorganize the group’s resources. Team members will be able to pool their bibliographic resources, use them for their individual research publications, and create bibliographies in the required formats using RefWorks.

RefWorks links and downloads

RefWorks has created a host of video tutorials and guides:

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