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We are discontinuing RefWorks

After careful consideration, The UAlberta Library has decided to discontinue the campus-wide institutional subscription to the RefWorks reference management service.

Our RefWorks subscription expires on October 1, 2021. You will need to back up your account data or transition to other reference management software before October 1st.

We have created the    RefWorks Transition Guide  to walk you through how to move your references out of RefWorks and into other reference management software.

Legacy Refworks Video Tutorials

New to Legacy RefWorks? This video tutorial series will teach you the basics of how to use Legacy RefWorks and some of its tools. 

Learn How to Use Legacy Refworks in 20 Minutes:

Accessing Legacy Refworks, Creating an Account, and Logging In:

Adding References Using Direct Export:

Looking for information on how to export reference data from some common database types at University of Alberta Library? There are written instructions in the importing/exporting help box to the left.

See also: Getting Information into Refworks

Organizing References into Folders:

See also: Organizing & Managing References

Creating a Bibliography in Refworks:

See also: Creating a Bibliography

Installing Write-n-Cite:

Using Write-n-Cite: Inserting Citations and Creating Bibliographies:

See also: Writing Tools and Write-n-Cite


Once you've watched all of the video tutorials, you can begin exploring Legacy Refworks. For more detailed instructions, navigate through this guide by using the menu on the left-hand side. 

If you have any questions about using Refworks, contact us at any time by chat, text or email via Ask Us, or get in touch with our team directly at