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Barwon Health Library Service: RefWorks (Citation Manager)

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RefWorks is a reference management system where you can:

  1. Collect citations
  2. Manage citations
  3. Cite using proper formatting in a variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, AMA, Vancouver, etc)
  4. Share research with colleagues

Since RefWorks is accessible from the web, it can be used from any computer connected to the internet.

Legacy RefWorks accounts were upgraded on 1 May 2023.  If you had a Legacy RefWorks account you can login to the new RefWorks by using your Legacy RefWorks credentials. 

Login to RefWorks

To create a RefWorks account:,

  • Creating an account with your Barwon Health email address:
    1. Go to RefWorks Signup
    2. Enter your Barwon Health email address and a password. Select Sign Up.
  • Creating an account with a non-Barwon Health email address:
    1. Request the access code from the Library - Click here
    2. Go to RefWorks via this link
    3. Copy and paste the access code provided to you from the Library.
    4. Enter your email address and a password. Select Sign Up.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from RefWorks with instructions on how to activate your account

Book A Consultation with a Librarian if you would like assistance to use RefWorks. 

Alternatively, view the RefWorks Video tutorials.


Helpful Hints

  • Sharing Folders

  1. Select 'Sharing' in the left hand menu. 

  2. Use the drop down to choose the folder you wish to share.  Select the appropriate access setting. 

  3. Click on Create Public URL – you can copy and paste the resulting URL into an email or document.  Alternatively, add email addresses in the box under 'Shared with' and select the level of access/permission. 

Note: The folder can also be accessed by other Barwon Health RefWorks account holders by marking it 'Anyone within your organization may join this folder'.  It is then accessible by clicking on 'Folders at Barwon Health', under Sharing, in the left hand menu.

For more information please view the video tutorial Collaboration Through Sharing in RefWorks.


Getting Citations from RefWorks into your Word Document (RefWorks Citation Manager)

RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) enables you to run a simplified version of RefWorks inside Word.  RCM is available through the Microsoft Office Store and can be installed directly from Microsoft Word.  RCM will automatically update whenever a new version becomes available.

To install RCM, please see RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) for Word.

Please note: Write-N-Cite (WnC) will need upgrading to RCM.  For more information about upgrading, please see Write-N-Cite (WnC) to RefWorks Citation Manager (RCM) Migration.

For issues with RCM installation or upgrade, please contact RefWorks tech support.