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RefWorks: Getting Started

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RefWorks Guide

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Creating an Account

Creating Your Account As Part Of An Organization-Wide Subscription:

Note:  Create your account on-site at LUT (on an IP-authenticated computer)

  1. Open your browser and go to
  2. Click the Sign up for a New Account link
  3. Fill in the requested information
  4. Click Create Account.
  5. You will receive an email confirmation.

Note:  When creating your Login Name, please do not use the following characters:

* Asterisk

< >[ ] Brackets

= Equal sign

+ Plus sign

" Quotes

\ / Slashes

, . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon


After you click on create account, you'll be brought in to your new, empty RefWorks account where you can begin adding your references. 

Also, you can modify your login name, email address, password or other information by selecting Update Profile from the option bar in the upper right-hand corner of your account.  You may also create a read-only password in the Update Profile area.

Logging in to RefWorks

To log in to RefWorks:

  1. Open your browser and go to 

  2. Enter your Login Name and Password.  You can remain logged in to RefWorks for 14 days by marking the checkbox next to the "Keep my session open for 14 days" option.

Note:  If you are logging in to a public computer, do not select the Keep my session open for 14 days option as it will give full access to your account to anyone using the computer.


Forgot your Password?

Should you forget your RefWorks password, you can receive an email with a link to reset your password.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Forgot Your Login Information?
  3. Enter your email address.   
  4. You will receive an email with a link to create a new RefWorks password. 
  5. Follow the link to a page where you will enter, then re-enter, your new password.  A confirmation email will inform you that your password has been changed.  You can log in immediately with your new password.

Note:  If you have multiple RefWorks accounts registered with the same email address, you will be prompted to select one from a list