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Getting started Importing references (including COAST) Write-N-Cite
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What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography manager or citation manager. It allows you to create a personal database of references for research use and in writing papers. It's like having a set of index cards online. RefWorks will import references and organize them in any manner you choose. Those references create a searchable database of your research. Bibliographies can be created from your library of references in many citation styles.

RefWorks can be accessed from any Internet-capable computer; on or off-campus. There is no limit to the size of your database. In addition, you can share references with others when working on a group project.

Access to RefWorks is limited to CSULB students/faculty/staff only.

How do I get started?

Create an account in RefWorks. Set up folders to place your references in and begin importing references from our campus databases. For more information on how to use RefWorks, try these:

RefWorks Quick Start Guide

RefWorks Tutorial

RefWorks Frequently Asked Questions

How do I import references into RefWorks?

Importing and exporting references into RefWorks is database-specific. Instructions about to how export/import references from CSULB databases is found on our list of databases. Click "How to use this database with RefWorks" in the More Information box next to each database name for instructions. For general information see Getting Information into your RefWorks Database.

To import records from COAST, go to your RefWorks account first, click Search - Online Catalog or Database and choose COAST. Follow the directions to import records into your database.

I already have a bibliography in Word. Can I import it into RefWorks?

Try this method:

I already use another citation manager (such as EndNote, ProCite, etc.). Can I import my references?

Yes. Follow the directions found here.

What is Write-N-Cite?

Write-N-Cite is a utility that allows you to insert references into a paper with a single click. It works with Microsoft Word for both Windows and MAC. If you are accessing RefWorks off-campus you must download Write-N-Cite to the computer you are using for it to work. Once it is downloaded, the utility works within Word. Click here more information (Click "Show" in the upper left corner to see the navigation pane which will give you a link to Write-N-Cite for Mac).

RefWorks Group Code

Click here if you wish to use RefMobile OR if you are off-campus at another institution that is a RefWorks subscriber and need to access your CSULB RefWorks account.

RefWorks for Alumni

CSULB RefWorks users have access to their RefWorks account for as long as CSULB is a subscriber. For instructions on how to transfer and access your RefWorks account as an alumni, contact the RefWorks Administrator.


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