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RefWorks for History Students

Getting started

Sign up for an individual account

Use this link to RefWorks and sign up for an individual account. The RefWorks log-in name and password are not the same as your VU ldap log-in. You will create your own log-in name and password when you sign up for your account.


Setting up folders in your RefWorks library

RefWorks makes it easy to organize your references in a folder structure. Click on Folder and then select Create New Folder. You can assign a reference to multiple folders. Use the search box at the top right hand corner of the RefWorks interface to search for references across all folders. You can cite references from multiple folders with Write-N-Cite.


Downloading the Write-N-Cite application

Click on Tools and then select Write-N-Cite to download the Write-N-Cite application.


The Write-N-Cite feature integrates into Word. Access Write-N-Cite via the plug-in (see below) in your Word toolbar or by opening the Tools menu in Word. Write-N-Cite creates in-text citations and bibliographies in your preferred style.


RefWorks online tutorials

RefWorks has online tutorials on many of its features. Below are links to a selection of tutorials. For the complete list, click on Help and select Tutorials on the RefWorks toolbar.

Entering references manually

Click on References and select Add New Reference on the toolbar of the RefWorks interface.


RefWorks will open to an empty template. It is important to select your preferred citation style, such as Chicago style in the example below, and the correct type of reference, such as journal article in the example below. The green checkmarks are indicating fields that are needed to produce a citation in the selected style.


Exporting references from the Library's databases

Many of the Library's online resources have a direct export function to RefWorks. Below are export instructions for some of  the most commonly used interfaces in your subject area. Please feel free to contact the Library or to call the RefWorks help line (1-775-327-4105) with any problems that you may encounter.


Each catalog record in the Library's catalog has an Import Record link at the top of the record (see image below). Select Import to RefWorks and directly export/import (don't be confused by the use of the word import) to your RefWorks account. References can only be exported individually at this time.



Use the Export link in WorldCat to export records/references to RefWorks. Mark records and save the records with the button at the bottom of each page in order to export multiple records.


Make sure to select Marked records from this database and RefWorks before you click on the Export button.


Historical Abstracts/America: History & Life

Records can be exported via the export icon (see image below). Move selected records to a folder and click on Folder view in order to export multiple records simultaneously.


Select Direct Export to RefWorks and click on the Save button on the left side of the screen.


Historical New York Times

Mark selected records and use the Export button (see image below) to export the records to RefWorks.


Eighteenth Century Collections Online

Mark selected records and use the Generate a Citation icon (the icon to the right above the list of records) to export the records to RefWorks.


Attaching files to references

RefWorks can link you to the full text of your references via the FindIt button and through attachments. Select a reference, open it by clicking on View, then click on Edit and use the Browse function in the attachments line. Select your document and click on Add Attachment.

Formatting a bibliography in RefWorks

Click on Bibliography on the RefWorks toolbar in order to create a quick bibliography. Select your output style from the drop-down menu.

Click on Access Output Style Manager at the bottom of the list of styles in the drop-down menu, if your style is not available in the drop-down menu. Select your style from the list of available styles and add it to your list.

Select Format a Bibliography from a List of References and select Word for Windows or Mac as the type of file to create. Select a specific folders, the All References or My List button and click on Create Bibliography. Make sure that your browser allows pop-up windows.


Alternatively, you can select the Format Paper and Bibliography option. This is an alternative to Write-N-Cite. Please read the instructions on How to Enter Citations into Your Document.

RefWorks online tutorial: Quick Bibliography (3:44 min.)

Citing with Write-N-Cite

Open your Word document and use the Write-N-Cite app to cite your references. The Write-N-Cite app is linked to your RefWorks account. Put your cursor where the reference should be inserted and then click on Cite next to the reference in the Write-N-Cite window. Write-N-Cite will insert a temporary placeholder that will later be converted into the selected style.



The temporary references in your footnotes will appear in double parentheses (see image below):


Refworks online tutorials:
Using Write-N-Cite III for Windows (10:52 min.)
Using Write-N-Cite v.2 for Windows and Mac (5:53 min.)

Write-N-Cite Bibliography

Click on Bibliography in the Write-N-Cite pop-up window, once all your footnotes are inserted and you are ready to create the list of references at the end of your paper. Select the desired output style and click on Create Bibliography.


Make an appointment to meet with Jutta

I am happy to meet with you at any time, in person, by phone, or virtually via our chat service.

You can also email me directly.

 In my office in Falvey Library
 By phone
 Online via chat
jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Monday, November 19th, 2012