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RefWorks: A Guide: RefWorks

RefWorks, an online research management, writing and collaboration tool, is designed to help researchers gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

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Schedule a Workshop

Need help with RefWorks?

Arrange a 1-on-1 appointment or small group session.  We can cover anything from the basics to advanced functionality, depending on your need.

To schedule a meeting, contact the appropriate librarian: 

Howard-Tilton Library (Uptown):
 Center for Library User Education

Matas Health Sciences Library (Downtown):
  Maureen Knapp

  Elaine Hicks

Step-by-Step Instructions for Tulane Students

updated 9/15/214

RefWorks Login

Click on RefWorks logo to login in.

RefWorks Login

Click on the RefWorks logo to login in.  If you use RefWorks from off-campus, bookmark this link, as it will automatically direct you to the off-campus login screen before re-directing you to RefWorks.  This will make it easier for you to link from RefWorks to the full-text of articles.

You may also login from the most pages on the Tulane Library Website. In the upper right-hand corner, click on Login and then select Refworks..


What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is an online tool that helps you conduct research and compose research papers. RefWorks functions with Microsoft Word and other word processors to create footnotes, citations and a bibliography for your paper, formatted into the correct style (MLA, APA, Chicago Style, etc.). In addition, RefWorks allows you to save and organize your citations as you do research. Each reference can be extensively annotated to make the writing process easier. RefWorks works with our existing library database subscriptions to make a seamless transition between researching and writing.

The functionality of RefWorks is similar to that of the EndNote software. Unlike EndNote Web, RefWorks is available to you after you graduate with an alumni account.

How do I access RefWorks?

On campus: Go to: from any computer on campus. Click on "Sign up for an Individual Account," and register using a valid Tulane e-mail address or  Tulane alumni e-mail address. You may also login from library pages on by clicking LOGIN, then REFWORKS.

Off campus:   Log into Off Campus access, then create an account from  Once you've created an account, log in with your email address and password. You may also login from library pages on by clicking LOGIN, then REFWORKS.

Alumni: If you have graduated from Tulane and would like to use RefWorks, you will need to set up an e-mail address here.

How can I learn to use RefWorks?

Quick Start Guide:

Video tutorials:

RefWorks User Workbook:

RefWorks Resource Center:

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian:

I'm a faculty member and my students have to write a research paper. How can they learn to use RefWorks?

Librarians can conduct a brief introductory session for your students. On the Uptown Campus, use the workshop request form or Health Sciences Campus, use this form to schedule a RefWorks workshop for your class. Contact us for more information: Uptown Campus (504) 865-5606 or Health Sciences Campus (504) 988-5155.

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