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What is RefWorks?

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Get Started: Set Up a RefWorks Account

To get started using RefWorks, you will need to set up a RefWorks account.

  1. Please note: RefWorks use is limited to current Macalester students, faculty and staff.
  2. Set Up a RefWorks Account (must be done while on campus)

Group Code and Off-Campus Access

  1. To use RefWorks off-campus, you will need to use the following group code: RWMacalesterC
  2. If you are visiting an institution that also subscribes to RefWorks, use the following URL to login: http://www.refworks.com/rwsingle, enter the Group Code above, and login with your Macalester personal account information.

General Help with RefWorks and Write-N-Cite

Get instructions on how to import from a research database:

What can you do with RefWorks?

  • Import research references from library research databases or from text files.
  • Automatically insert references into a paper.
  • Format a bibliography in seconds using styles like MLA, APA, etc.
  • With a plug-in for MS Word called Write-N-Cite, insert references with the click of a button.
  • Save PDF documents to your personal database.
  • Access your references from anywhere in the world, including on your mobile device.


Please contact the Reference Desk at (651) 696-6618 or e-mail us via our Ask Us service.