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Tutorials - Refworks 2.0

Refworks LibGuide

Description of RefWorks:

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography manager that allows you to :

  • Import references from electronic resources such as research databases or catalogues into a personal database;
  • Organize the references according to your needs;
  • Create a bibliography in the style of your choice;
  • Export it into a file to be included with your assignment, report, or project.
You will need to sign up (using your laurentian email account) for an individual account the first time you use RefWorks. Your account is saved on the Scholars Portal Search server owned by the Ontario Council of University Libraries. Because RefWorks is web-based, there is no software to download.

Other important features :

  • Unlimited access; unlimited number of references can be downloaded;
  • Will work across different platforms (Windows, Mac, Unix, etc);
  • Can be used with a wide range of electronic resources;
  • Can be accessed remotely (using proxy authentication);
  • Provides easy retrieval of references by author, descriptor, and other fields;
  • Allows you to import references directly into the text of your research;
  • Can import using other formats such as Pro-Cite and End Note.

Write-N-Cite, MS Office 2007 and Windows Vista

Refworks Write-N-Cite is a downloadable utility that allows you to easily access the citations you have stored in your Refworks account, and use them as references in your paper, written in Microsoft Word. View a demo.

Using Refworks and Write-N-Cite from Off Campus:

If using RefWorks from off-campus you must always access RefWorks via this library's webpage in order to be authenticated as a valid Laurentian user.

If using Write N Cite from off-campus see the directions below:

Windows Users:
  • Download the Write N Cite plug-in from the tools menu within Refworks ( and install this program on your computer.;
  • Go to Start/Programs/RefWorks/WNC Proxy Configuration Utility;
  • In the box that appears for proxy server information type the following URL: ;
  • Click OK.

This version includes:

  • MS Vista and Word 2007 compatibility
  • Also compatible with XP and Word 2003
  • Single document formatting
  • Faster formatting for large documents
  • Includes Ability to Write and Format Papers Offline
Macintosh Users:
  • Download the Write N Cite plug-in from the tools menu within Refworks ( and install this program on your computer.;
  • Activate Write-N-Cite. Select Preferences from the Write-N-Cite menu;
  • Select the Proxy option and enter the following URL: ;
  • Restart Write-N-Cite for this proxy configuration to take effect.

This version includes:

  • Microsoft Word for Mac 98 and up (including Word 2008) compatible
  • Mac OS X version 10.3 or later (including Leopard)
Write N Cite Issues
  • Write-N-Cite is not compatible with OS Lion. We do not have a release date for a compatible version, but it is expected this fall.
  • Write-N-Cite is not compatible with Word 2011 (Mac). The new version of WNC should also address this issue.
  • Write-N-Cite is not compatible with Kaspersky Anti-Virus software. Users will need to completely uninstall Kaspersky in order to run Write-N-Cite
  • Write-N-Cite often has trouble working with .docx files. Please resave the file as a .doc  and try running your bibliography again.
  • Internet Explorer 9 users may find they are unable to edit the Title field when manually entering a reference. This is a known bug. There are a few ways to fix this:
    • In the top right-hand side of the URL bar, you may see a little broken page: . Click on this icon and it will turn blue: . You should now have full functionality in RefWorks.
    • You can also turn this on by clicking the little wheel at the very top right-hand side of your browser window:  and selecting Compatibility Mode.
    • You may also choose to work in another browser. 

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