With RefWorks you make your own online literature catalogue. One can import titles from catalogues, databases, and Google Scholar, or one can add them manually. The titles can be organised in folders and used for citing sources in any preferred style in Word documents. All UvA students and staff can use RefWorks.
Next to RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero are available as citation managers. See the overview of pros and cons for each of these tools.
There are two versions: New RefWorks and Legacy RefWorks.
Choose New RefWorks if you:
Choose Legacy RefWorks if you:
If you already use Legacy RefWork and you wish you switch to New RefWorks, this is easy to do. You create a separate account for New RefWorks. You can import the references from your Legacy account into New RefWorks in one go.
RefWorks consists of two components: a website and a tab in Word. First create an account on the website and then install the tab in Word. The tab in Word is the same in both versions of RefWorks.
You will find more information in the handouts, see the download links at the bottom of this page.
Make sure you are within the UvA domain, so either at an UvA workstation or at home connected to the UvA network with the VPN. Open the RefWorks sign-in page (www.refworks.com). Click Sign up for a new account and fill in the required personal details. Do not use your UvAnetID for either of these, the email address or the password. You are free to choose any other email address and password. You will receive a confirmation email from RefWorks with your login details.
Install the Word plug-in: Write-N-Cite. Important: close Word before you start installing the plug-in and if a previous version of the plug-in is installed then please remove it. For further explanation see the handouts at the bottom of this page.
To continue working on documents with references from a Legacy account, migrate this account to New RefWorks and upgrade your documents. See also the handout New RefWorks.