Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

RefWorks (Classic): Home

RefWorks videos available on YouTube

If you are new to RefWorks or would like to see some training videos, they are available from the link below.


Refworks logo


RefWorks is a web-based citation and bibliography tool that is available to uWaterloo students, faculty, staff and alumni.

This guide will walk you through all of the basic functionalities RefWorks offers, as well as some new features and troubleshooting tips.

With RefWorks, you can:

  • Organize and create a personal online database of references
  • Format references for bibliographies and papers in a wide variety (over 3,000) styles  (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Import references to your RefWorks account from a variety of databases using the Direct Export feature offered by many databases, or using Import Filters included in your RefWorks account
  • Incorporate RSS feeds and import data from those feeds directly into RefWorks

Log-In to RefWorks now!


If you cannot access it, contact

Setting Up a Refworks Account

Visit and click "Sign up for a New Account."

You will need to use the UWaterloo group code to sign up for a new account. You can find the group code here. Please note that you may be prompted to authenticate in order to view the page showing the group code.

If you cannot access it, contact

Fill in all the required fields and submit your information. You will be able to access your account right away. PLEASE NOTE, THERE ARE MULTIPLE PAGES OF INFORMATION.  A COMMON ERROR IS MISSING SOME OF THE PAGES.

Subject Guide

Profile Photo
RefWorks RefWorks
519-888-4567 x45061 OR x42279

Upcoming RefWorks Seminars

Click here to enroll in upcoming RefWorks seminars, where you will get hands-on instruction for using RefWorks.


The administrators of this RefWorks Guide would like to thank the following for their contributions:

  • Scholars Portal for developing original content and making it available to uWaterloo
  • Jessica Ma for creating screen captures for import filters relevant to uWaterloo Refworks users
  • Ben Robinson for editing and adding content
  • Patrick Miller for updating and adding content
  • Vicki Friesen & Cynthia Mancia for editing, updating and adding content